A curfew will be enforced within McMinnville city limits on Halloween night with all juveniles required to be off the street by 9 p.m.
“We will have extra officers on patrol that evening,” said McMinnville Police Chief Bryan Denton. “The curfew will be enforced. We began the curfew more than 20 years ago. It has worked in reducing Halloween vandalism.”
Curfew for people under 18 is normally 11 p.m. in the city. The 9 p.m. curfew began in response to an overwhelming number of vandalism cases on Halloween. The number of incidents dropped dramatically as a result.
Under the curfew law, any underage person found off their property within the city limits, who is not coming or going from a location such as a job, church or school function, can be cited into juvenile court. The person is exempt if they are in the company of a parent or adult guardian. The curfew applies to underage persons in vehicles, as well as those on foot.
Denton is asking motorists to use an extra measure of care since there will be waves of trick-or-treaters going door to door in many neighborhoods. “We need motorists to slow down and be on the lookout because sometimes children get excited and might run in the road,” Denton said.
Denton said it’s also important parents make sure their children are wearing reflective clothing.
McMinnville Firefighters Association offers these Halloween safety tips:
• Stay visible. Bring flashlights, glow sticks, reflective goodie bags, and add reflective tape to costumes.
• Stay on the sidewalk and off the road. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic and as far to the side as possible.
• Cross at street corners using traffic signals or use well-lit, marked crosswalks and never cross the road between parked cars.
• Don’t assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing trick-or-treaters.
• Children under 12 should trick-or-treat with an adult.