|Kingsport Police Department
David Quillin, Chief of Police
200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660
|SUBJECT:||Kingsport Police Offer Halloween Safety Suggestions|
|DATE:||October 22, 2018|
|With October 31st just around the corner, the Kingsport Police Department would like to offer some suggestions for a safer Halloween experience.
When it comes to costumed children and candy collecting, the Kingsport Police Department is a strong advocate of the “Trunk or Treat” and “Fall Festival” concepts as significantly safer alternatives to traditional door-to-door Trick or Treating.
Rather than having kids wandering along dark neighborhood streets, knocking on the doors of complete strangers, Trunk or Treat and Fall Festival events are typically held in cordoned-off and well-lit parking lots or enclosed venues and are sponsored by reputable business, churches, or other community organizations.
Furthermore, most of these events also include food, games, activities, and/or costume contests. There will be several Trunk or Treats and Fall Festivals taking place throughout the Kingsport area in the coming days, giving kids multiple opportunities to sport their costumes and collect goodies.
Following are two particular events scheduled for this year that have been brought to our attention:
1) Church Circle Fall Festival, sponsored by surrounding churches, on Sunday, October 28th from 5:00-7:00 PM
2) Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Trunk or Treat, held at Blountville Middle School Track, on Wednesday, October 31st from 5:30-7:30 PM
With that being said, on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating is certainly an option. For those choosing this historically popular activity, the Kingsport Police Department offers the following Halloween safety tips courtesy of the National Safety Council:
Halloween Safety On and Off the Road
Kids love the magic of Halloween: Trick-or-treating, classroom parties and trips to a neighborhood haunted house. But for moms and dads, often there is a fine line between Halloween fun and safety concerns, especially when it comes to road and pedestrian safety.
In 2016, 7,330 pedestrians died in traffic or non-traffic incidents, according to Injury Facts. Non-traffic incidents include those occurring on driveways, in parking lots or on private property.
NSC research reveals about 18% of these deaths occurred at road crossings or intersections. Lack of visibility because of low lighting at night also plays a factor in these deaths.
Here’s a scary statistic: Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. In 2017, October ranked No. 2 in motor vehicle deaths by month, with 3,700. July is No. 1, with 3,830 deaths.
To help ensure adults and children have a safe holiday, the American Academy of Pediatrics has compiled a list of Halloween safety tips. Before Halloween arrives, be sure to choose a costume that won’t cause safety hazards.
Trick or Treating
Safety Tips for Motorists
NSC offers these additional safety tips for parents – and anyone who plans to be on the road during trick-or-treat hours:
|Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer
Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit
423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)