Bradley Countians will see an increase today and this evening as Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers will be patrolling neighborhoods to help keep the ghouls and goblins a little safe as they travel door-to-door collecting their tricks or treats.
“Halloween is consistently one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,” said Col. Tracy Trott of the THP.
“We are urging motorists to pay attention to the road and don’t drive distracted or impaired. State Troopers will seek out and remove any aggressive or impaired drivers from our roadways to allow for a safe and happy Halloween,” Trott said.
Three people died in 2012 during the Halloween 12-hours period.
This Halloween, the THP will conduct bar and tavern checks, sobriety checkpoints, and seat belt saturations across the state.
Safety tips include advising motorists to slow down and watch for children, be alert in intersections and driveways and travelling by parked vehicles, don’t pass vehicles due to the fact the driver could be dropping children off and most interestingly, if the driver is also donning a costume, don’t wear a mask until the destination is reached.
Children should wear reflective materials and carry flashlights after dark.
Encourage them to be safe and have fun, according to Trott.
- Several thefts and burglaries have been reported to the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office this week.
A Triplett Circle resident reported the theft of his Echo blower.
The blower was taken from the victim’s carport, according to the report.
It was valued at $200.
A Van Davis road resident told deputies that he had two rolls of fencing taken from his home.
The fencing was valued at $220 and had been stored in front of his garage.
A shotgun and other items were taken during the burglary of a home located on Pebblebrook Circle. The victim reported someone entered his home and took the single-shot firearm and a 32-inch television.
Loss was estimated at $360.
Investigation is continuing in the cases.