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October 27, 2003
Have a safe and happy Halloween: Mayor Lastman
Mayor Mel Lastman today called on parents, caregivers, children and motorists
to put safety first this Halloween night.

"Halloween is fast approaching," Lastman said, "but before the little ghosts
and goblins hit the streets, we must remember to practice the following safety
tips to ensure everyone has a safe and happy Halloween.

"Adults should always accompany young children and older children should be
encouraged to travel in groups," said Lastman. "No matter how old the child,
guardians must stress to the children that they should not go anywhere with
strangers and treats should not be eaten until an adult has inspected them."

Lastman said visibility is of paramount importance and recommended parents and
caregivers consider light coloured costumes, non-restrictive masks, reflective
tape or armbands, and flashlights for their children.

"Most important of all, I'm asking every driver in the city to exercise caution
and slow down - and to all the party-goers out there, please, don't drink and
drive," Lastman said. "Halloween is a wonderful tradition but child safety has
to be our number one priority."

For more information, please contact:
Leona Barrington, Mayor's Office, 416-395-6472



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