Sheriff Will Have Increased Patrol Presence on Halloween

Deputies to Patrol Neighborhoods

(Bel Air, MD – October 27, 2006) — Harford County Sheriff R. Thomas Golding has announced the Sheriff’s Office will have increased patrols on Monday, October 30 and Tuesday, October 31, 2006 during Halloween. Sheriff’s Deputies will primarily patrol neighborhoods in an effort to reduce criminal activity when youngsters will most likely be trick-or-treating.

“Halloween is a time for children, their family and friends to enjoy. Unfortunately it is also a time of accidents and malicious behavior resulting in property damage or injuries,” stated Sheriff Golding.

During the Halloween period extra deputies will be on patrol throughout the county. As many as 48 deputies will be on patrol in the Southern Precinct on October 30 and 35 deputies on duty on October 31. The Northern Precinct will have 28 deputies on patrol throughout the day on October 30 and 30 deputies available on October 31. The majority of the temporary increase in staffing will occur between 6:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. each day.

Although deputies will focus their attention patrolling neighborhoods and communities, they will also be on the alert for drunk or impaired drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in more than 40 percent of the nation’s fatalities involving vehicular crashes on Halloween last year, the driver or motorcycle operator had a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.

The Harford County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit offers the following tips for the motoring public to help ensure a safe and accident free Halloween:

  • Designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your car keys.
  • If you drink to excess, call a friend, call a taxi, use public transportation, but do not attempt to operate a motor vehicle.
  • Always wear your seat belt.
  • Remember to use extra caution to avoid pedestrian accidents with trick-or-treaters.
  • If you see someone driving erratically, report them immediately by calling 911.

“Our objective is to provide a safe environment for all the citizens of Harford County during Halloween,” stated Sheriff Golding.