Lafayette Police Discuss Halloween Safety Tips
Lafayette Police Department Spokesperson Cpl. Paul Mouton discussed Halloween safety tips today on "Your Afternoon Drive Home."
- Choose costumes that are flame-retardant and have some type of reflective tape.
- Carry a working flashlight.
- Pre-choose a route. Locate sex offenders in the intended trick-or-treating areas at the Lafayette Sex Offender Registry or at the State Sex Offender and Child Predator Registry.
- Don't send your children out unattended. Be aware of where they're going. Keep a close eye, and don't get distracted with phones.
- Don't use your vehicle to travel from home-to-home. "It makes it so much more dangerous with the pedestrian traffic," Mouton said.
- Lock your home when you leave, and leave the lights off if you're away so the trick-or-treaters don't approach the house.
- Drive with caution and below the speed limit through neighborhoods. Try to use the main thoroughfares where people are less likely to have children.
And a tip for adults: "If you're gonna be going out, and you're gonna be consuming adult beverages," Mouton said, "just remember: do not drink and drive, or have a designated driver."