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POLICE NEWS RELEASE

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

Kentucky State Police Guidelines For a Safe Halloween

Date of News Release: 10/22/2008

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

"Unfortunately, Halloween can be a dangerous night," says Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer. "Safety is often the last thing on the minds of excited trick-or-treaters, so parents and motorists need to be especially alert."

The number of deaths among 5 to 15-year-old pedestrians is four times higher on Halloween evening than any other evening of the year, according to statistics from the Center For Disease Control. Data from the U.S. Dept. of Transportation also indicate that:

"Halloween is also a dangerous time on the road due to alcohol-related crashes caused by adults who drink and drive after parties and festivities," says Brewer. "Kentucky has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to driving while impaired. Violators will be arrested. There are no warnings or second chances."

"Drivers need to be extremely cautious during this time period," adds Brewer. "The season's shortened daylight hours and reduced visibility create a dangerous combination. 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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