ASHLAND, VA (WWBT) - Ashland police issued an important traffic alert for those trick-or-treating in the area.
South Center Street will be closed to traffic from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Halloween. The street will be closed between Stebbins and Francis streets.
Officials say they made the change because of the overwhelming number of trick-or-treaters.
"In past years, many of our homes on this street have seen over 600 children trick or treating. Coupled with a high volume of motor vehicle traffic and the ever existing train traffic, a significant public safety hazard was presented. It is hoped that this closure will greatly improve the safety of this corridor while we have so many young visitors going door to door," said Chief Doug Goodman
However, street parking will be available north and south of the street closures, and the railroad crossing will be open to the public.
The Ashland Police Department released tips on having a safe Halloween:
- A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds.
- If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return home.
- Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat.
- Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or Treaters remain on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk.
- If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the roadway facing traffic.
- Never cut across yards or use alleys.
- Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
- Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
- Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
- When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
- Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing Trick-or-Treaters. Just because one car stops, doesn't mean others will.
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