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Thursday October 24th, 2019 :: 07:00 p.m. PDT

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Camarillo Police Offer Halloween Safety Tips

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Nature of Incident: Camarillo Police Offer Halloween Safety Tips
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Location: City of Camarillo
Date & Time:  
Unit(s) Responsible: Camarillo Police Department Traffic Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

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Narrative:
 
 
The Camarillo Police Department’s Traffic Bureau offers Halloween safety tips to ensure everyone has a ghoulishly fun time.
 
Halloween is a time for fun with friends, family and neighbors with children trick-or-treating door-to-door.  In order to assist the Camarillo community in enjoying this fun-filled holiday as safely as possible, the Camarillo Police Department has compiled the following Halloween safety tips:
 
Motorists
  • Please slow down in residential neighborhoods and obey all traffic signs and signals. Drive at least 5 mph below the posted speed limit to give yourself extra time to react to children who may dart into the street.
  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs. In dark costumes, they’ll be harder to see at night.
  • Look for children crossing the street. They may not be paying attention to traffic and cross the street mid-block or between parked cars.
  • Carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys.
  • Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible – even in the daylight.
  • Broaden your scanning by looking for children left and right into yards and front porches.
 
 
 
 
Parents
  • Ensure an adult or older, responsible youth is available to supervise children under age 12.
  • Plan and discuss the route your trick-or-treaters will follow.
  • Instruct children to travel only in familiar areas and along established routes.
  • Teach children to stop only at well-lit houses and to never to enter a stranger’s home or garage.
  • Establish a time for children to return home.
  • Tell children not to eat any treats until they get home.
  • Review trick-or-treating safety precautions, including pedestrian and traffic safety rules.
  • Make sure Halloween costumes are flame-retardant and visible with retro-reflective material.
 
Trick-or-Treaters
  • Be bright at night – wear retro-reflective tape on costumes and treat buckets to improve visibility to motorists and others.
  • Wear disguises that don’t obstruct vision, and avoid facemasks. Instead, use nontoxic face paint. Also, watch the length of billowy costumes to help avoid tripping.
  • Ensure any props are flexible and blunt-tipped to avoid injury from tripping or horseplay.
  • Carry a flashlight containing fresh batteries, and place it face down in the treat bucket to free up one hand. Never shine it into the eyes of oncoming drivers.
 
 
 
 
Prepared by: Senior Deputy Shawn Holzberger  
News Release Date: October 24, 2019  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Senior Deputy Shawn Holzberger
805-388-5146
Shawn.holzberger@ventura.org
 
 
 
Approved by:
 
 
 
Commander Eric Tennessen
 
 
 

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800 S Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93009

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