The Fort Lee Police Department will have more officers on patrol throughout Halloween and launched a safety campaign aimed at protecting young trick-or-treaters, borough police Chief Keith M. Bendul announced.
School Resource Officers recently distributed fluorescent-orange drawstring backpacks and glow sticks to students in the four elementary Fort Lee schools as part of the “Be Safe, Be Seen on Halloween” campaign, the chief said. The glow sticks were labeled “MAC136” in memory of slain Fair Lawn Police Officer Mary Ann Collura.
The backpacks are available to pre-school Fort Lee youth who stop by the borough police station Thursday, police said.
Drivers are being urged to slow down and watch for children Halloween night and juvenile officers issued the following safety tips to local youth:
Wear a costume that is highly visible, especially at night.
Avoid costumes that may obstruct your child’s vision.
Utilize flashlights, blinking lights and/or glow sticks.
Young children should be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Children should trick or treat in groups.
Never go into a home to get a treat.
Remain on well-lit streets and sidewalks.
Children should have an adult check their candy before consuming it.
- If you think you or another person may have consumed some contaminated food or candy, call the NJ Poison Control Center at: (800) 222-1222.