Hello, my name is Zac Zedalis, and I was born, raised and educated right here in our Alachua County. I care deeply about our county and the people within it. I work everyday to serve and protect our community; however, no one person or organization can do it alone. We all must take part and be aware of the safety of our community. Please take a few moments to read the following safety tips to hopefully reduce any safety incidents during our upcoming holiday season. Thank you. – Zac
- Trick or treat with friends or adult supervision. Don’t go alone.
- NEVER enter the house or car of a stranger.
- Trick or treat in the late afternoon or early evening.
- Stay on streets that are well lit and cross the street only at the corners.
- NEVER run across the street, and always look both ways before crossing.
- Do not take shortcuts through backyards, alleys or parks.
- Carry a flashlight or wear reflective tape so drivers can see you and you can see hazards in the street as well as other people.
- Only trick or treat at houses where the porch light is on and well lit.
- Welcome trick-or-treaters with your porch lights and any exterior lights on.
- Patrol your street occasionally to discourage speeding motorists, acts of malicious mischief and crimes against children.
- Report any suspicious or criminal activity to your police department immediately. In many areas, you can dial 9-1-1.
- Candlelit jack-o-lanterns should be kept clear of doorsteps and landings.
- Keep pets away from doors so children will not become frightened.
- Set a time limit for your children to trick or treat. Also, designate a specific route for them to take.
- Feed the kids before they go so they will be less likely to eat the treats before they get home. Warn them not to eat anything before you inspect it.
- Exercise extreme caution when driving a vehicle. Be on the alert for excited youngsters, whose vision may be obscured by masks or dart out into traffic.
- Motorists should avoid all unnecessary travel on Halloween evening, and when driving, all motorists should drive slowly.
- Many accidents occur when motorists are backing vehicles out of driveways. Make absolutely sure there are no small children behind your car first.