Safety tips For Residents as Days Get Darker

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ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WUTR) — In a few short weeks we’ll be turning the clocks backwards and losing an hour of daylight.

“Just a month or two ago you could be shopping at 8 a.m. or 8:30 a.m. at night and it was as bright as it is out now.” – Sheriff Robert Maciol Oneida County Sheriff Office

Sheriff Maciol says you should always stay vigilant, but especially when it’s dark outside.

“Across the country, on average every 7 minutes a pedestrian is hurt in some type of accident.” – Sheriff Robert Maciol Oneida County Sheriff Office

Which is why you should wear reflective clothing if you’re out walking at night. If you’re running errands, try to not go alone.

“So if you’re shopping make sure you’ve got someone to tag along or at least let people know where you’re going to be and what time you’re going to be back.” – Sheriff Robert Maciol Oneida County Sheriff Office

If you see something suspicious, trust your gut feeling and call the police. If you find yourself in a dangerous situation, do whatever you can to protect yourself.

“If you can run and find a place to hide then by all means do that. Last resort if you have to fight then you fight with whatever you need to, to protect yourself because at the end of the day it’s about personal safety and that’s what we’re stressing here.” – Sheriff Robert Maciol Oneida County Sheriff Office

Sheriff Maciol reminds residents to never let your guard down and avoid distractions, like talking or texting on the phone, while you’re out.

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