KPD offers tips and tricks to stay safe this Halloween
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. —
Halloween is just around the corner and soon, little ghosts and goblins will be going around town trick-or-treating.
While that fun is taking place, the Kirksville Police Department will be working to ensure those partaking in Halloween events remain safe.
KTVO spoke with Kirksville Police Chief Jim Hughes about some tips and tricks everyone needs to know.
He says that some statistics regarding pedestrian safety are staggering.
"For younger children, about 15 percent and this is an incredible figure, about 15 percent of deaths for younger children occur by getting hit by cars."
According to the National Safety Council, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than any other day of the year.
Many of those deaths and injuries occur due to kids darting out into the street and not looking both ways beforehand.
Hughes says that for motorists, it is often hard to see trick-or-treaters due to low lighting or dark colored costumes.
As a result, children are encouraged to place reflective tape or stickers on costumes and bags.
Kids can also carry glow sticks and flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
"Just make sure your children have bright costumes. Make sure they know not to run out into the street. However, the caveat is, they are children and sometimes, they don't make the best of decisions. So, it is incumbent upon us, all of the adults out there, everybody who is driving a car, to realize that data about the cause of the deaths and its double on Halloween and just drive extra, extra, extra careful."
Parents are also reminded to know what friends your child will be trick-or-treating with and what routes they will be taking.
Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. through 9:30 p.m.
Kirksville Police say they will be out in full force Tuesday night working to keep kids safe.