Police urge safety during Monday trick-or-treating

Police are urging you to be safe when you are driving area streets on Monday night. Hordes of families will be out trick-or-treating with young children.

Lt. Matt Harris spokesman for the Columbus Police Department said excited children are sometimes not paying attention when they are in and around the streets.

“We do want those persons driving to take extra care, make sure that you are traveling at or even better below the speed limit on the streets,” Harris said. “Try to limit your distractions, put those electronic devices down.

He also suggested parents look for reflective items for their children to wear and to carry LED lights. And he suggested that parents make sure that costumes are the correct size so there is no danger of tripping over an overlarge costume.

He said there have been no recent local concerns about candy given out while trick-or-treating, but nonetheless, he urged parents to check out their children’s haul before allowing them to begin eating.

Trick or treating hours Monday night in Columbus and Greensburg will be from 5 to 8. North Vernon will be from 5:30 to 7: 30 and Edinburgh, Seymour, Shelbyville and Hope will be 6 to 8