“Tonight the Great Pumpkin will rise out of the pumpkin patch. He flies through the air and brings toys to all the children of the world.” – Linus
“I got a rock.” – Charlie Brown
Hopefully this October 31, 2012 the young and young at heart embrace the spirit of the Great Pumpkin as expressed so eloquently by Linus in Peanuts. Although, I am convinced that Linus is confusing his holidays with Christmas, who am I to judge? This Halloween the Law Office of Gonzales and Poirier wishes everyone a happy and safe Halloween and we hope you do not get a rock like Charlie Brown while you trick or treat.
We just posted a blog about pedestrian safety and would like to re-emphasize safety this Halloween. The Center for Disease and Control has posted some helpful tips to keep our kids safe. Remember these safety tips when you are trick-or-treating:
- Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
- Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
- Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
- Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.
- Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.
- Always test make-up in a small area first. Remove it before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.
- Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
- Lower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearingdecorative contact lenses.
- Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
- Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
- Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
- Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don’t stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.
- Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes.
For the complete article visit the CDC website.
We would like to urge drivers to be cautious for excited kids who may dart out in traffic and whose vision may be obstructed by their costume. Again we would like to reemphasize tips to keep you and your children safe this Halloween.
- Walk as if you are invisible; never assume that the driver sees you even if you have the “right-of-way”.
- Cross streets at designated crosswalks and under A.R.S § 28-792 drivers must yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian unless the crosswalk is controlled by a traffic control device. If you have to cross at a non-designated crosswalk the pedestrian must yield the right-of-way to all vehicles in the roadway under A.R.S § 28-793.
- Take extra caution at intersection because drivers can fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians while turning.
- Walk on the sidewalk, but if you must walk in the street, walk facing traffic because it’s the law under A.R.S. § 28-796.
- Flagstaff is an International Dark City so increase your visibility at night by carrying a flashlight or wearing reflective clothing.
If you or a loved one has been injured by the negligent conduct of another contact the Law Office of Gonzales & Poirier at 928-774-5400 and ask to speak with Matt, Tony or Daniel. We have successfully represented hundred of accident victims and assisted in negotiation a favorable settlement.