EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSKanawha Sheriff's Office Will Have Extra Halloween Patrols
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Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Oct. 25, 2013 5:00 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Kanawha County deputies will have extra patrols out next week in an effort to keep trick or treaters and residents safe during Halloween.
A total of 26 deputies will be on patrol from 5 p.m.until needed on Wednesday, Thursday (trick or treat), Friday and Saturday, according to a news release from the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office.
The extra deputies will be placed in areas historically prone to Halloween vandalism. They will be in both marked and unmarked vehicles and on foot with strict orders of “zero tolerance” for would-be vandals. Deputies said those found breaking the law will be arrested.
In addition to the normal and Halloween patrols, the sheriff’s office will be using grant funding from the Governor’s Highway Safety Program specifically for drunken driving prevention. As a result, an additional three to five deputies will be out searching for impaired drivers. Deputies said young children will be out and about on or along traveled roadways, and the sheriff office want to ensure their safety.
The sheriff’s office said vandalism and other mischievous acts have been kept to a minimum during the past eight years. Parents are urged to accompany and closely monitor their children especially during trick-or-treat times.
The sheriff’s office said here are some safety precautions trick-or-treaters should follow:
* Visit only trusted houses and familiar areas (specifically houses with lights on, which is a signal they are participation in the event.)
* Stay off of the traveled roadway when possible by using sidewalks in well lighted areas only.
* Wear reflective clothing.
* Carry a flashlight or similar illuminating device like a “glow stick.”
* Parents should inspect all candy prior to consumption.
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