Sheriff’s Office to have extra patrols for Halloween night and is giving safety tips for trick-or-treaters

Posted: October 26th, 2012 | Filed under: Announcements, News Releases

As it has for years, the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office will step up DWI and traffic enforcement on Halloween night, Oct. 31, for the protection of trick-or-treating children and adult party-goers, Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

“Motorists are asked to slow down, be extra cautious and be especially watchful for pedestrians,’’ the sheriff said.

He said there will be extra patrols on highways and in neighborhoods to enforce DWI laws and traffic laws. Drivers should also look for possible road blocks in neighborhoods.

Capt. Charles Borchers, director of community relations and the Neighborhood Watch programs for the Sheriff’s Office, emphasized that, “Children and their parents who are trick-or-treating should be especially careful in areas where there are still vacant properties,’’ in St. Bernard since Hurricane Katrina.

Numerous streets have been under repair in the parish and lighting may be bad in some areas, Borchers said.

Here are some other Halloween safety tips offered by the Sheriff’s Office:

– Make sure children understand to never enter a stranger’s home, and when trick-or-treating is over no goodies should be eaten until they are taken home and sorted out to check that they are safe.

– Plan to wear costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure shoes fit well and costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame. Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.

– Also, when shopping for costumes, wigs or accessories, purchase only those with a label indicating they are flame-resistant

– Secure emergency identification, such as your child’s name, address, and phone number, discreetly within Halloween attire or on a bracelet. Consider using makeup rather than masks since masks can limit or block visibility.

– Provide each child with a flashlight or battery-powered lantern with fresh batteries

– Always travel in groups and make sure a parent or responsible adult accompanies young children on their neighborhood rounds.

– Make sure children know their home phone number or a parent’s cell phone number and khow to call 911 if they have an emergency or become lost.

– Only trick-or-treat in well-known neighborhoods at homes that have a lit porch light.

– Secure pets at home so they don’t get excited or run away when children come to your residence looking for treats.