It will not be a trick or a treat if someone is pulled over in Park City
It will neither be a trick nor a treat if someone is pulled over on Halloween.
The Park City Police Department and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office are preparing for a busy night even on a Halloween that falls on a Monday. There will be trick-or-treating throughout Park City and the Snyderville Basin, and Halloween is traditionally a hopping night on Main Street.
Phil Kirk, a police captain, said the department plans to put additional officers on duty on Monday night to respond to calls. He said there will also be more officers than normal patrolling the roads for drunken drivers.
Kirk said the police typically respond to numerous issues on Halloween. There are assaults, people acting disorderly and revelers who are suspected to be intoxicated that night each year, he said.
“We see a lot of people there enjoying Main Street. That means we see some alcohol-related problems there, too,” Kirk said, adding that the Police Department receives a “fair amount of alcohol-related calls for service.”
On Halloween in 2015, the police kept busy with reports of parties or loud music and parking issues. A young girl wearing a witch costume was reported missing for 30 minutes on Main Street last year as well, the police said at the time. The police have also patrolled cemeteries on Halloween in the past to ensure no one marks the night in a spooky place.
The Sheriff’s Office has also planned for Halloween. Kacey Bates, a detective, said deputies will conduct patrols “extensively” in neighborhoods in the Snyderville Basin. She said deputies will distribute gift cards good at Subway when they see a youngster following rules like crossing a street in a crosswalk.
The authorities want drivers and trick-or-treaters to be cautious on Halloween. They recommend trick-or-treaters wear reflective clothing and that parents accompany their kids. Drivers should be aware there could be lots of youngsters and parents walking through neighborhoods on Halloween, the authorities say. There is additional danger in neighborhoods without sidewalks, Kirk said.
Kirk said trick-or-treating is usually most popular in Prospector, a neighborhood with many young families.
“This is when share the road is most critical,” he said, referring to a campaign that refers to the various users of streets like drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.
The annual Howl-O-Ween on Main Street festivities are planned starting at 3 p.m. The event includes a parade of dogs in costumes and trick-or-treating. City Hall is scheduled to close Main Street at 2 p.m. Traffic will be diverted and drivers will not be allowed to park on the street. Main Street should reopen at 7 p.m., at the latest, City Hall says. Swede Alley traffic will be limited to one way northbound between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Park City officials suggest people park at Park City Mountain Resort or at Park City High School and take buses to Main Street.
The Police Department, meanwhile, has published a set of tips for driving on Halloween. They include watching for youngsters “darting across streets, especially parked cars,” not passing vehicles that are stopped on a road since children could be getting out and driving at a speed below posted signs.
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