The Fort Myers Police Department reminds drivers to be extra careful Halloween night. Drivers should be vigilant, slow down and avoid cutting through residential streets where trick-or-treaters are more likely to be. Police will be looking for speeding, reckless driving and impaired drivers. Trick-or-treaters should also be careful. Children are always at greater risk as pedestrians because of their shorter stature and unreliable judgment about when and where to cross streets.
- Parents should accompany children.
- Plan a trick-or-treat route ahead of time and remind children to never cross the street at mid-block or between parked cars.
- Cross streets only at corners.
- Carry a flashlight or glow stick.
- Choose costumes that do not obstruct vision, and opt for nontoxic face paint instead of masks. Parents should add reflective material to a child’s costume and adjust the length of any costume that may cause a child to trip.
- Adults who plan to attend a party should plan a safe way home before festivities begin. Designate a sober driver.
Police would also like to remind parents of the City’s Youth Protection Ordinance that requires children to be home by 9:00 p.m.Shelly Flynn Public Information Officer Fort Myers Police Department www.fmpolice.com 239-321-7721