In the wake of Sunday and Monday’s wind storm which toppled trees and power lines throughout the Hudson Valley, trick-or-treaters and motorists are being cautioned to be wary while navigating local streets on Halloween.
Law enforcement agencies are warning motorists to be on the watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs, especially during twilight, when children may be in dark clothing. Driveways and alleys should be carefully navigated and inexperienced drivers should be discouraged from getting behind the wheel, according to the Orangetown Police Department.
Michael Mosher, the CEO and President of Central Hudson noted that “while most of the work to repair the damage brought by the storm is complete, there may still be areas where power lines may be on the ground as the final repairs take place.” He said that residents should stay at least 30 feet away from downed lines, and downed lines should be treated as if they were live.
“Be especially cautious near fallen trees, as wires may be hidden and entangled in branches,” Mosher added. “Be safe this Halloween by keeping yourselves and children away from fallen trees and lines.”
The Haverstraw Police Department noted that children should not be allowed to trick-or-treat alone, and should be accompanied to the door of houses they approach. Children should also be advised not to approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless they know the owner and are accompanied by an adult.
Officials note that parents should ensure that children carry a glow stick or wear reflective clothing, and that masks are properly secured and not obstructing airways.
According to the National Highway Safety Administration, over the last decade, the number of children pedestrians under the age of 15 that are fatally injured on Halloween has tripled.
“On Halloween, we're placing our children in probably some of the most dangerous traffic situations you could imagine,” Sleepy Hollow Police Chief Anthony Bueti said. “I urge you to take special precautions to keep everyone safe. Please drive more carefully and slowly, especially where trick-or-treating activity is prevalent.”
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