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N. Attleboro 'trick or treat' safety concerns

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By Dana Griffin

dgriffin@abc6.com

 

NORTH ATTLEBORO, MA- Trick or treating in one North Attleboro neighborhood is raising major safety concerns.

Each year the number of people flocking to the affluent Westwood Estates area grows, as kids and parents look for the best candy and the chance to meet NFL players.

Residents say when you add hundreds of cars driving through, running children, and dimly lit streets, they're concerned someone might get hurt.

"We feel we're just an accident waiting to happen," said resident Brenda Boldt.

Last year about 450 children trick or treated in the neighborhood.

Boldt said, "The traffic I can relate to like the ending of a Patriot's game where everyone's trying to exit out on Route 1 all at once."

The neighborhood has about 130 homes. A few are owned by athletes, including former NFL player Aaron Hernandez.

"Some of the football players do sit out on their steps and you know, do give the candy to the kids, which I think they do enjoy, "said resident Susan Coady.

Coady is a mother of six, who petitioned to get the road blocked off so that parents would have to walk with their kids.

"They don't park. They drive. They follow their children from house to house and it's dangerous," said Coady.

The town can grant a road closure with approval from the police and fire chiefs, building inspector, and highway superintendent.

Only Attleboro police chief, John Reilly would not sign.

In a letter to the town administrator, Chief Reilly states in part, he will "not endorse the permit because Halloween night is often times a busy night for the police department. Dedicating personnel for a road closure in one small neighborhood is not a prudent use of manpower."

Coady adds, "We're not looking to exclude anyone. We're just simply asking that you park your car, and you walk in here."

 

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