Safety will be a top priority for Mt. Juliet Police on Halloween night. Patrol staff levels will be increased as little witches, superheroes, and goblins fill the neighborhoods in search of the sweetest treat. Parents should be prepared, and the safety of their little ones should be their top priority, which can be achieved by following simple safety precautions. Any unsafe mischief or driving behavior should be reported to police dispatch immediately. In addition, motorists should be mindful of where they park on city streets, so they do not block emergency responders.
Trick-or-treating will be observed in Mt. Juliet on Friday, October 31, 2014. The Mt. Juliet Police Department recommends trick-or-treating to start at 5:00 p.m. and to stop by 9:00 p.m.
“From an historical perspective, Halloween is a big deal and many families hit the streets in Mt. Juliet. It has also been a very safe evening in the past,” stated Police Chief James Hambrick. “I want to ensure our neighborhoods remain safe during the celebrations, and extra officers will be on hand to handle the increased activity in the community.”
Officers patrolling on Halloween will also be equipped with plenty of candy, #MJCommunityStrong bracelets, and sticker badges for kiddos. The community is encouraged to stop and speak with officers on patrol.
Following simple safety precautions will ensure children are safe. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children are four times more likely to be in a fatal pedestrian accident on Halloween than any other night of the year. There are several reasons why children are more likely to be hurt in pedestrian accidents, which include:
- They often choose to take the shortest route, which may mean darting out between parked cars rather than take the safer route of crossing at corners.
- They’re poor at evaluating potential traffic threats.
- They’re more likely to disregard their peripheral vision and are less attentive of their street surroundings.
- They have a tendency to believe they’re indestructible and are more likely to take risks.
- They need to be told that some people driving cars will not slow down for them.
- They can’t cross streets as rapidly as adults.
- They may be distracted by other children’s costumes, behaviors, and home decorations.
In addition, to Mt. Juliet Police Department’s proactive patrols in the neighborhoods, they will also be out in force monitoring sex offenders on Halloween. Under Tennessee law, any sex offender on parole or probation may not participate in any Halloween activity involving children. This would include leaving a porch light on, answering the door, or distributing candy. There are currently 8 registered sex offender living in the city limits of Mt. Juliet, and parents may access the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s website at http://www.tbi.tn.gov/ .
In an effort to curb impaired driving and impaired-related crashes, Sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols will be conducted in the Lebanon Road, Mt. Juliet Road, West Division St, and Belinda Parkway areas on Halloween night, Friday, October 31, 2014.
From everyone at Mt. Juliet Police, we wish you a safe Halloween. The department can be contacted at (615) 754-2550 (non-emergency) or 911 (emergency) to report any problems, observations, or safety concerns.
A list of Halloween Health and Safety Tips can be viewed here: http://www.cdc.gov/family/halloween/