DPS Reminds Texans of Safety Tips for Halloween
AUSTIN, October 30, 2014 – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is urging drivers to use extra caution in areas where children are likely to be gathering this Halloween. DPS is also encouraging parents and trick-or-treaters to make safety a priority.
“Halloween can be a fun time for children and families, and we encourage Texans to enjoy this time responsibly,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Drivers can do their part to keep Halloween celebrations safe by using extra caution and watching out for pedestrians along neighborhood streets. Parents and children should also keep safety tips in mind while trick-or-treating.”
Drivers should expect and be prepared for children and adults walking along streets and in neighborhoods. DPS offers the following tips to help ensure the safety of Texans on our roadways during Halloween:
Parents can check the Texas Public Sex Offender Registry for offenders in their neighborhood by downloading the free DPS mobile app for use on iPhones, iPads and Android phones and tablets. The app provides interactive and easy-to-use maps for searching registered sex offenders by location, name, route and proximity. Users can also report suspicious or criminal activity with the mobile app. (Do not use the DPS app when your vehicle is moving.)
The app is currently available for iPhone users on the Apple App Store (http://tinyurl.com/kj43lsr) and for Android users on Google Play (http://tinyurl.com/kda7ww8). The Texas Public Sex Offender Registry is also available online at: https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/SexOffender/PublicSite/Index.aspx.
Texans can also stay safe by using these Halloween safety tips:
Individuals should also keep the following tips in mind when selecting a costume: