from the office of State Senator Judith Zaffirini

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Gabe Valenzuela
(512) 463-0121
October 29, 2005

Senator Zaffirini Promotes Safety during Halloween

(AUSTIN) - According to a 1997 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of deaths among young pedestrians was fourfold higher on Halloween evening in comparison to all other evenings of the year. The actual number of Halloween-related deaths could be higher because the report included only deaths that occurred from p.m. to 4-10 p.m. and did not consider that many Halloween activities occur on other days, particularly when October 31 does not fall on a weekend.

Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, urges all persons participating in the seasonal events to practice safety and common sense to ensure everyone has a safe and happy Halloween.

"This can be a very exciting time for children," Senator Zaffirini said. "Everyone can have safe and enjoyable Halloween and harvest festival events by using some sensible safety tips."

Senator Zaffirini recommends parents of young children take the following actions:

"There are many other steps parents, family members and friends can take to ensure the safety of children," Senator Zaffirini said. "By implementing even a few, we can make this a joyous and safe time for everyone involved."

Additional safety tips can be obtained from the National Safety Council's website at www.nsc.org.

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