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 October 28th, 2008  
St. Lucie County Sheriff’s “Pumpkin Patrol” will be in residential neighborhoods on Halloween night, Sheriff Mascara announces
The “Pumpkin Patrol,” consisting of deputies from the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office’s Traffic Unit will provide extra protection Halloween night for trick-or-treaters and parents, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

“In addition to our regular contingent of Patrol Deputies, members of our Traffic Unit will be in residential neighborhoods throughout the county,” Sheriff Mascara said. “This will include Lakewood Park, Indian River Estates, River Park and other neighborhoods including those north of Fort Pierce.”

Sheriff Mascara has these safety tips for parents and children for Halloween night:

- As an alternative to trick-or-treating, consider activities sponsored by churches and other community organizations.

- Check the Florida Department of Law Enforcement sexual offenders/predators web site at http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us to see if there are any offenders/predators in your neighborhood. If so, consider avoiding the addresses of offenders/predators when trick-or-treating.

- Bring flashlights if children will be out after dark.

- Wear light colored or reflective clothing or costumes.

- Make sure costumes are not touching the ground, which would make tripping likely.

- If trick-or-treaters were masks, make sure they don’t obstruct the children’s vision.

- Use sidewalks whenever possible.

- Never assume motorists can see you.

- Parents should check the treats children receive to look for anything that might have been unwrapped or opened. Throw away any items that appear to be unwrapped, partially wrapped or opened before children received them.

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