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Motorists reminded to watch for children
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McMinnville Police Department wants children to be safe all year long, but Halloween poses extra challenges as a large number of children are expected to be out after dark.Because of this, the department will be enforcing the city’s curfew, urging parents to take extra safety measures and asking motorists to show extra care Halloween night.By existing city ordinance, children under 18 are not allowed out between the hours of 9 p.m. and 4 a.m. on Halloween unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. It is also unlawful for a parent to allow a child under 18 to be out during those hours.Even before the 9 p.m. curfew, the department is urging parents to walk with children as they trick-or-treat to make sure they look both ways before crossing a street and use caution when going from yard to yard.“Parents should make sure their child’s costume is appropriate and does not inhibit their ability to walk or see,” said McMinnville Police Chief Bryan Denton. “Young children should never be allowed to trick-or-treat alone.