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Halloween street closures for trick-or-treating
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Thousands of kids and parents are expected to come into Olde Town Conyers Halloween night and streets in Olde Town Conyers will be closed to vehicle traffic 6-8 p.m., to allow for safe trick-or-treating.

Main Street will be closed from Irwin Bridge Road to Peek Street. College Avenue will be closed from Main Street to Lakeview Drive.

Residents who live in the area will be allowed to enter and exit but are encouraged to drive with their lights on, said Conyers Police Department spokesperson Investigator Kim Lucas.

She reminded residents they are under no obligation to participate in trick or treating, which can cost residents hundreds of dollars in candy, and Conyers Police officers will be on hand as a safety precaution due to the number of people expected in the area.

Covington Place

Covington Place will be one way only for automotive traffic 5-9:30 p.m. on Oct. 31.

Traffic will flow from west to east, starting at Deering Street. Traffic will flow from the north entrance on crest View Drive to Plantation Trace and go out to Hwy. 142. All side streets will be blocked off, except for Fairway, in which cars will be allowed to go through in a clockwise direction and back out through the pool parking lot and exiting down Plantation Trace.

Four off-duty Covington Police officers will be present to handle traffic, and on-duty officers to help out.

Clarks Grove in Covington

Clarks Grove streets will be closed between 5-9 p.m. on Oct. 31. Hunt Street, Pratt Street and Swan Street will all be closed Halloween night.

"Outside visitors on foot are welcome and can park cars on Clark Street at the Episcopal Church or at the armory," said Frank Turner, director of the Clarks Grove Homeowners Association.

RCSO extra patrols on Halloween night

The Rockdale County Sheriff's Office has plans to have extra deputies in place for Halloween night. Deputies from various assignments will be ready to patrol neighborhoods that are expected to have high trick-or-treat activity, as well as respond to any other incidents that take place that night.

"The RCSO is committed to making citizens feel safe when they go out trick-or-treating," said Sheriff Eric Levett. "Deputies will be in neighborhoods not only watching over the children but also enforcing traffic laws to help keep everyone safe. I look forward to seeing all the different costumes and interacting with the children."

Drivers are encouraged to be extra cautious Halloween night, especially when driving through neighborhoods, due to the influx of pedestrian traffic. Trick-or-treaters are reminded to walk in groups or with a trusted adult, carry flashlights to help you see and to make yourself more visible to others, always walk and not run from house to house, and to be especially cautious when crossing streets or walking with small children. Costumes and masks can limit vision and mobility, so sidewalks and crosswalks should be used whenever possible. Finally, parents are asked to check all collected candy to make sure it is safe. Candy should be checked for choking hazards, especially with small children, and to make sure wrapped candy hasn't been tampered with.