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Safety Street offers alternative

by Aurora Sain
asain@recordcourier.com

Halloween is fun for the whole family, but it is not always safe to be out walking at night, that's why Halloween Safety Street was created.

The fun, safe alternative to trick or treating will be offered for the 22nd year at the CVIC Hall in Minden.

Halloween sees an increase in pedestrian fatalities nationwide, even though the day is supposed to be for family fun.

The goal of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office is that everyone who participates in Halloween has a fun a safe event, because one pedestrian incident is too many, said Sgt. Pat Brooks.

Everyone is encouraged to attended in costume, and participate in the costume contest and raffle.

The costume contest categories include best child costume, best adult costume and best family costume.

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Some of the prizes include a MontBleu one night stay, a Raley's gift card, and a $50 movie pass gift card.

A dozen bicycles and hundreds of books will also be given away during the event.

The event is sponsored by the Douglas County Sheriffs Office and The Record-Courier, and has been a fun staple in the community for many years.

"Having a fun and safe event and to see all the costumes and smiles on the kids having a great time," Brooks said about what he is most looking forward to.

The event is $3 per child and will go from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the CVIC Hall on Halloween night.

Trick-or-treating is Saturday in Douglas County, but will be celebrated Friday night in Carson City. The Nevada Day Parade is Saturday morning.

HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS

Motorists

Use caution while behind the wheel.

Slow down and be alert in residential areas.

Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.

Eliminate distractions so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

Drive sober or get pulled over.

Always designate a sober driver and plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night if you plan on celebrating Halloween with alcohol.

Use your community's sober ride program or take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.

Watch out for your family, friends and neighbors.

If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement.

If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make safe travel arrangements to where they are going.

Pedestrians

Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.

Designate a sober friend to walk you home.

Keep kids safe.

Children out at night and under the age of 12 should have adult supervision.

Kids should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Choose face paint when possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child's vision.

Decorate costumes with reflective tape and have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights.

Remember, everyone is a pedestrian.

Always cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.

Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.

Source: National Transportation Safety Board

if you go

Trick or Treat Safety Street 3-8 p.m. Saturday at the CVIC Hall in Minden. Entrance, $3. Sponsored by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and The Record-Courier. For more information call 783-6441.