Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the Nassau County Department of Health join Safe Kids Nassau County in promoting pedestrian safety awareness this Halloween. With the days getting shorter, children are likely to be trick-or-treating in the dark when it is harder for drivers to see them and the excitement of the holiday can make everyone less cautious.
“Halloween is an exciting time of the year, and to help ensure a safe and fun-filled day I urge parents to keep safety in mind while enjoying this exciting day,” said County Executive Mangano.
“Halloweenfestivities give opportunities for parents, teachers and child caregivers to educateour young children aboutpedestrian and motor vehicle safety tips,” said Rosemarie Ennis, Director of Safe Kids New York State.
Operation Safe Sweets:
“Operation Safe Sweets” was implemented in 2004 and is designed to protect children on Halloween through the enhanced monitoring of convicted sex offenders. It is a multi-pronged approach that begins withthe Nassau County Probation Department sending a written notice to these offenders reiterating their court-imposed limitations regarding contact with children. Probation then conducts more than 200 random, unannounced visits to the homes of these offenders over several days to ensure compliance with their probation conditions, including prohibitions against decorating their homes, handing out candy or engaging in other Halloween activities. Sex offenders who violate their court-ordered conditions are subject to substantial terms of imprisonment.
“Nothing is more important than protecting our children,” said County Executive Mangano. “Our law enforcement agencies are joining together to ensure that Nassau children have a safe and sweet Halloween.”
Tips for Parents:
Safe Kids recommends that children under age 10 do not trick-or-treat without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to go trick-or-treating without supervision, make sure they go in a group and they stick to a predetermined route with good lighting. Parents must also remind kids to:
Tips for Drivers:
Drivers need to do their part to keep trick-or-treaters safe from harm. Safe Kids also reminds motorists to be extra careful this Halloween and recommends that drivers:
Although pedestrian safety is a main concern on Halloween, parents also need to keep in mind that there are other hazards for their children on this holiday. For more tips on how to keep kids safe while walking on Halloween and throughout the year, visit http://www.usa.safekids.org and search Halloween.
About Nassau County Safe Kids:
Safe Kids Nassau County, is a coalition of public and private organizations working together to prevent injuries to children. Unintentional injuries are the number one killer of children ages 2 to 14. Local statistics have identified the need to focus on: child passenger safety, pedestrian safety, bicycle safety and fire/burn safety. Safe Kids Nassau County coalition members have a passion to protect children and help them grow up safe and healthy. The North Shore-LIJ Health System serves as the lead organization for the Nassau County Safe Kids Coalition who’s 57 health agencies; organizations and hospitals membership collaboratively service its county’s 4 million children.