Friday, October 28, 2011

Detroit Police Gear Up for Halloween

The Detroit Police Department is geared up for its Halloween Family Fun 2011, but it’s important that you and your children remain safe. These simple tips will help make your Halloween celebration one of the best ever:

  • Wear clothing that is bright, reflective and flame-retardant. Also, children should not wear long, baggy or loose costumes or oversized shoes to prevent tripping.
  • Wear sneakers or comfortable shoes.
  • Don’t wear floppy hats or wigs that slide over the eyes.
  • Stay away from pets. The pet may not recognize the child and become frightened.
  • Children should stay within familiar areas and surroundings. Parents should establish a route for children.
  • Children should use flashlights and stay on sidewalks.
  • Children should cross the street at corners / crosswalks and not between parked cars. Motorists should drive slowly and watch carefully for children
  • A curfew for minors will be in effect and a parent or guardian must accompany children under the age of 18.
  • Use face paint (non-toxic, hypoallergenic) and avoid masks, especially if the eye-holes obstruct the child’s vision.
  • Avoid toy weapons. If desired, use costume knives and swords that are flexible, not rigid.
  • Everyone is asked to turn on his porch light from dusk until dawn.
  • Adopt a vacant house in your neighborhood.
The Detroit Police Department also reminds everyone that is unlawful for a minor under eighteen years of age to be on any public street, sidewalk, alley, park, playground, vacant lot, or any other unsupervised outdoor public place on Saturday, October 29  from 6 p.m. through Sunday, October 30 at 6 a.m. and from Sunday, October 30 from 6 p.m. through Monday, October 31 from 6 a.m.

Normal curfew hours will be in effect for Monday, October 31 after 6 a.m. The regular curfew will resume on Monday, October 31. Youth 15 and under should be off city streets from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. Youth, ages 16 and 17, should be off city streets from 9 p.m. on until 6 a.m.

All curfew offenders will be issued a civil infraction and parent/guardian may be issued a “Parental Responsibility” citation, which will require a court hearing. The presiding judge/magistrate will determine the fine for the violations which may range from $50 to $500.

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