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Posted: November 11, 2008 5:00 a.m.

NCSO to increase patrols Friday night

State patrol warns of heavier weekend traffic

With Halloween coming on a Friday this year, law enforcement is urging citizens to beware of additional foot and motor traffic around Newton County as little ghosts and goblins scurry around town in search of treats.

Additionally, the Georgia State Patrol is cautioning drivers to be prepared, noting that traffic is expected to be heavier than normal this Halloween with more motorists on the roads for the weekend with trick-or-treating, high school football games and the Florida/Georgia game in Jacksonville.

Newton County Sheriff Joe Nichols noted that careful parents have kept accidents from happening in the last few years and he hopes the trend will continue through this Halloween. The NCSO is, however, asking parents and children to be respectful of homes with their lights off signaling that they may not welcome trick-or-treaters.

Nichols said a major concern for NCSO deputies is the supervision of small children who may roam into the streets without regard for traffic. Deputies will also be stepping up patrol in residential areas where foreclosed homes are prevalent, utilizing the maximum number of personnel their roster allows.

"We ask that people observe Halloween with others who want to participate," Nichols said. "There are a lot of people who don't enter into the holiday and we ask others to respect their opinion and right to not observe it."

Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton said the CPD officers will be focusing patrol on the areas that traditionally have a lot of foot traffic, such as the square and Floyd Street.

"We just ask that people be cautious and not assume people driving will see you and stop. Also, we urge trick-or-treaters to try and carry a light to make themselves more visible," Cotton said. "We also ask the motor public to remember small children may not always remember to watch for cars."


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