CLINTON, Miss. (WJTV) — It’s almost Halloween, and that means lots of kids in costumes will be walking around trick-or-treating.
The Clinton Police Department is introducing a new unit Halloween night to keep kids and pedestrians safe.
According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, THE children are four times more likely to be hit by a driver on Halloween than any other day.
“This will take effect October 31 on Halloween. That will be our first date we will be rolling that day we were helping assist the patrol officers to take care of these neighborhoods as the children and parents are walking around,” said Captain Steve Menotti of Clinton PD.
“It is very important that the word gets out on Halloween night,” he said. “With those little ones running around because they are going to run into the road at some point and it is very important that they take note of that. Don’t go through them 35 or 40 miles an hour and be watching both sides of the road.”
Officers in Clinton have been planning the new traffic division for months now, but leaders there saw Halloween as the perfect night to introduce it. Officers will be out in full force patrolling.
“We’re going to implement it for officers who will work during the daytime and traffic peak times. They will be responsible for keeping people safe on the streets and keeping people safe in the neighborhood. It’s going to be a two-pronged enforcement.”
Sheriff Brian Bailey of Rankin County said his deputies are going door-to-door talking to registered sex offenders.
They also plan to have at least 100 deputies throughout the county. Hinds County will beef up patrols as well.