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October 30, 2002
Lets have a safe and happy Halloween: Mayor
Toronto - Mayor Mel Lastman today called on parents, caregivers, children and
motorists to put safety first this Halloween night.

"Children are going to be excited and I think that's great," Lastman said, "but
before the little ghosts and goblins hit the streets, lets consider the
following safety tips to ensure everyone has a safe and happy Halloween."

Lastman said visibility is of paramount importance and recommended parents and
caregivers consider light coloured costumes, reflective tape or armbands, and
flashlights for their children. He cautioned against masks that compromise
peripheral vision and long capes or dresses that can get caught in bicycle

He said young children should be accompanied by an adult and older children
should be encouraged to travel in groups. Treats shouldn't be eaten until
they've been inspected by an adult, he said, and every child should know where
to find a Block Parent home if they get lost.

"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.

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