Knoxville police work to keep pedestrians safe on Halloween

Knoxville police work to keep pedestrians safe on Halloween

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With Halloween Thursday night, you can expect to see more people, especially children, out and about in East Tennessee neighborhoods. With Halloween Thursday night, you can expect to see more people, especially children, out and about in East Tennessee neighborhoods.
To help stop speeding, the police department put up portable speed detectors throughout Knoxville. To help stop speeding, the police department put up portable speed detectors throughout Knoxville.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - With Halloween Thursday night, you can expect to see more people, especially children, out and about in East Tennessee neighborhoods. Knoxville police are working to keep those pedestrians safe.

Old North Knoxville resident Becky Cheek, and her granddaughter Addi, are getting ready for the trick-or-treaters.

"I think it's a great neighborhood to trick-or-treat in. The houses are close together and there's sidewalks, so that makes it really great for the kids," Becky Cheek said.

Across town in the Sequoyah Hills neighborhood, resident Kay Craig says many parents bring their kids trick-or-treating here, even if they don't live close by.

"I'm sure they come here because they know they're kids are going to be safe," Kay Craig said.

Darrell Debusk, Knoxville Police Department spokesperson, says Halloween night is one of the busiest times of the year when it comes to pedestrians, especially children looking to get that next piece of candy.

"They're not going to be watching for cars. That's why we have to step up and pay close attention to what's going on around us as we drive through neighborhoods," DeBusk said.

To help stop speeding, the police department put up portable speed detectors throughout the city.

"Speed limits are set for a reason, it gives you enough reaction time for the type of road that you're on, and that's what we're trying to push with these signs," DeBusk said.

It's not just police stepping up. Some neighborhood associations are installing speed bumps on residential streets.

"That has certainly helped cut down on speeders in this area," Cheek said.

"It takes everyone working together, the community getting involved and paying attention to what's going on and making it safe for the kids to enjoy the night," DeBusk said.

KPD says there won't be any extra officers on patrol Halloween night, but they will be sticking close to the residential areas of their beats.

As a reminder, there's no official trick or treat times, but city officials say it typically begins around dusk. If you welcome visitors, just leave your porch light on.

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