Dozens of kids in Albemarle County spent Tuesday night in police custody, but it's not what you think. The Albemarle County Police Department hosted their annual National Night Out event at the Target parking lot in Hollymead Town Center.
Kids were able to try on real police gear, get free fingerprints, and also learn about the dangers of texting while driving. Others were able to get inside their texting and driving simulator and take a virtual spin.
"People out there should not text, should not dial phone numbers while they're moving. Stop. Get off the road. It's just too dangerous," Albemarle County Supervisor Rodney Thomas said.
A bicycle course also showed kids how to ride safe and officers handed out free helmets. Police say the event was mostly about children and families getting on board to strengthen the county's community policing efforts.
"That's one of the things we want to do. We want to engage the community more. We want to be part of the community," said Sergeant Darrell Byers with the Albemarle Police Department.
It's estimated 37 million people took part in Night Out events nationwide.
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