Police Close Street To Traffic For Trick-or-Treaters

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

Thousands of kids trick or treat in downtown Waynesboro.

For the past years, police officers have tried to keep kids away from cars.

However, some close calls made the police shut down the street completely.

Kids can now trick or treat when they go downtown without worrying about traffic.

Jhosette Pinaya can now cross the street without waiting for a police officer to give her the green light.

"Since the roads are closed now, it's like safer," she said.

Her dad, Ricky, said he worried about the traffic in past years.

"Last year we were trick or treating on the street but cars were driving all around the street. So it wasn't a good idea. It was dangerous for the kids," he said.

Sergeant Brian Edwards with the Waynesboro police department said many kids wear dark colors, making it difficult for drivers to see them.

He also said some kids have their eyes covered so they can't always see the cars.

It's frightening to imagine what would happen if we had the streets open. We've had three pedestrians hit by cars in waynesboro. We were not looking for another one," Edwards said.

Edwards said when the street was open to cars, he directed traffic for three hours.

"What we were experiencing is not that many kids waiting for us to cross them but running into traffic so we had several near misses," he said.

Jhosette said while she waited she missed out on some candy.

"I didn't like it at all. We had to wait before we had to cross the street," she said.

Edwards said this year, he's actually smiling because he's not directing traffic.

According to Edward, this year he has seen more parents and kids out on the street.

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