Franklin, TN – Residents in downtown’s Hincheyville neighborhood are expecting another big turnout this Halloween. Franklin Police will close West Main Street and Fair Street to vehicle traffic between 7th and 11th Avenues from 5pm-9pm for trick-or-treaters Friday, October 31.
In keeping with tradition, uniformed Franklin Police Officers will be patrolling neighborhoods in marked cars with their hazard lights on, handing out candy to kids in costume on Halloween (candy donations by Franklin Police Citizens’ Police Academy Alumni Association, Murfreesboro Road Kroger, Piggly Wiggly on Columbia Avenue, and Publix on South Royal Oaks Boulevard).
Trick-or-treat days and times
are set by individual neighborhoods and homeowner associations.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children are four times more likely to be in a fatal pedestrian accident on Halloween than any other night of the year. There are several reasons why children are more likely to be hurt in pedestrian accidents, including:
- They often choose to take the shortest route, which may mean darting out between parked cars rather than take 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 of their surroundings.
- They have a tendency to take more risks.
- They need to be told that some people driving cars will not slow down for them.
- They cannot cross the street as rapidly as adults.
- They may be distracted by other children’s costumes, behaviors, and home decorations.
Police encourage parents to trick-or-treat with their kids, and remind motorists to slow down and use extra caution Friday night, as streets will be filled with excited children.