Call for community to be safe on Halloween
Parents and older children were asked today to play their part in keeping young trick or treaters safe this Halloween.
Police called on partygoers to act responsibly and urged motorists to be mindful of costume-clad pedestrians.
A BPS spokesman said: “We encourage older children, parents, friends and family to do their part in keeping their young children close by and safe.
“We also ask that persons walking along the main roads with young children wear brightly coloured clothing as well as reflective items and strongly encourage the use of flashlights during the hours of darkness.
“In addition, young children should be accompanied by a responsible parent or guardian whilst out ‘trick or treating’.
“This should be a fun event but let’s also make it a safe event.”
He added: “Patrons attending Halloween parties are asked to act in a responsible manner.
“Carefully consider your options and the consequences.
“If you intend on consuming alcohol — please, do not make the mistake of driving whilst impaired. Poor choices can have long term ramifications.
“Motorists are advised to slow down to help keep the roads calmer, particularly when travelling through neighbourhoods.
“We don’t want a tragedy to occur, as there will be lots of pedestrians on the roads — many of whom will be children dressed in dark coloured costumes.
“As usual police officers will be patrolling throughout the western, central and eastern parishes monitoring the various Halloween related activities.
“Although the Bermuda Police Service is well positioned to deal with Halloween from an enforcement perspective, our focus is also on public safety — and we appeal to the community to do their part to preserve the safety and security of everyone.”
Police were “mindful” that some people would use the festival as an opportunity to break the law in acts that could cause injury or damage.
They said these include throwing eggs or other objects.
The spokesman said: “The BPS would like to take this opportunity to reassure the public that such behaviour will not be tolerated and officers will use all lawful powers to deter and detect antisocial behaviour.
“However, we cannot do this alone — working in partnership with you the community, the BPS asks that parents, shopkeepers and gas station owners or operators be wary of persons, particularly those young in age, who attempt to purchase unusually large quantities of eggs.
“Throwing eggs at people or property may seem like innocent fun — but this irresponsible and potentially dangerous act can cause personal injury and property damage.
“Therefore, anyone caught engaging in such activity will be dealt with appropriately.”
He added: “In closing, the BPS would like to wish those participating in Halloween related activities a safe and enjoyable Halloween.”
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