Franklin police officers will focus on neighborhood safety as community kids gear up to trick-or-treat in less than two weeks.
While it’s unclear what level of participation the community will experience, officers will do their part to ensure a safe, enjoyable Halloween for Franklin residents.
Due to its traditionally high volume of pedestrian activity, Franklin police officers will close West Main Street and Fair Street to vehicle traffic between 7th and 11th Avenues and 9th Avenue between Natchez Street and Highway 96 West to help make it safe for trick-or-treaters. The streets will be closed from 5-9 p.m. on Oct. 31.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and other helpful information on safely celebrating amid a pandemic can be found on the CDC website.
Trick-or-treat days and times in Franklin are set by individual neighborhoods and homeowner associations.
Statistics show children are at higher risk of being hit by a car and seriously injured on Halloween than any other night of the year. Reasons include:
• They often choose to take the shortest route, which may mean darting out between parked cars rather than taking the safer route of crossing at corners.
• They are not good at evaluating potential traffic threats.
• They are more likely to ignore their peripheral vision and are generally less attentive to their surroundings.
• They tend to take more risks.
• They cannot cross the street as rapidly as adults.
• They may be distracted by other children’s costumes and actions and home decorations.
Police encourage parents to trick-or-treat with their kids and to tell them that some people driving cars may not see or slow down for them.
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