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POLICE PRESS RELEASE

For More Information Contact:
Capt. David Jude
(502) 782-1780

Kentucky State Police Offers Guidelines For a Safe Halloween

Date of News Release: 10/25/2007

(FRANKFORT, KY) - With Halloween fast approaching, the Kentucky State Police is urging motorists, homeowners, parents and trick-or-treaters throughout the Commonwealth to prepare for a safe celebration.

"Halloween is one of the most exciting seasons for children, but also one of the most dangerous," says Kentucky State Police Commissioner Jack Adams. "Safety is often the last thing on their minds, so parents and motorists need to be especially alert."

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Halloween consistently ranks as one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities in the U.S. and more than half of all traffic fatalities on Halloween are alcohol-related

While primarily a holiday for children, more adults are now engaging in festivities. According to the National Retail Foundation, more than 28 percent of adults plan to hold or attend a Halloween party this year.

"Many of these parties may start as early as this weekend," says Adams, noting that Kentucky has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to driving while impaired. "Violators will be arrested. There are no warnings or second chances."

According to NHTSA, the most dangerous time nationwide for children ages 5 to 14 on Halloween night is between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. Children in elementary school are at the greatest risk. Children in this age group:

"Drivers need to be extremely cautious during this time period," says Adams. "The season's shortened daylight hours and reduced visibility create a dangerous combination while children are out trick-or treating. Everyone needs to slow down, use extra caution and follow common-sense safety tips."

KSP offers the following Halloween safety tips:

FOR MOTORISTS:

FOR PARENTS and CAREGIVERS:

FOR TRICK-OR-TREATERS:

FOR HOMEOWNERS:


Contact Information for the Kentucky State Police

Kentucky State Police
919 Versailles Road | Frankfort, KY 40601
502-782-1800

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