Franklin Police Officers will be focusing on neighborhood safety as community kids gear up to trick-or-treat in less than two weeks. While it’s unclear what level of participation the community will experience, officers will be doing their part to ensure a safe, enjoyable Halloween for Franklin residents.
Due to its traditionally high volume of pedestrian activity, Franklin Police Officers will close West Main Street and Fair Street to vehicle traffic between 7th & 11th Avenues, and 9th Avenue between Natchez St. & 96W from 5 pm to 9 pm for trick-or-treaters Saturday, October 31 (see the map).
CDC guidance and other helpful information on safely celebrating amid a pandemic can be found here: CDC Halloween Guidance
Trick-or-treat days & times in Franklin are set by individual neighborhoods and homeowner associations.
Statistics show that children are at higher risk of being hit by a car and seriously injured on Halloween than any other night of the year. Reasons include:
- They often choose to take the shortest route, which may mean darting out between parked cars rather than taking the safer route of crossing at corners.
- They are not good at evaluating potential traffic threats.
- They are more likely to ignore their peripheral vision and are generally less attentive to their surroundings.
- They tend to take more risks.
- They cannot cross the street as rapidly as adults.
- They may be distracted by other children’s costumes and actions, and home decorations.
Police encourage parents to trick-or-treat with their kids, and to tell them that some people driving cars may not see or slow down for them.
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