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Traffic law enforcement eased Sunday evening…
A year after the height of the coronavirus pandemic, communities are bringing back all things spooky with “trunk-or-treat” events and traditional trick-or-treat outings to celebrate the holiday.
In both Frio and La Salle counties there will be designated periods on Sunday evening, October 31, during which patrol officers monitor slow-moving traffic in residential areas and work to ensure pedestrian safety. Officers will relax their enforcement of specific traffic laws in order to facilitate trick-or-treat excursions, notably allowing families to travel with children in the open beds of pickup trucks or on trailers along residential streets.
Drivers must, however, be in compliance with all other traffic laws. Officers on patrol during the designated period will be watching for reckless drivers and any other violations that could pose a safety threat to children walking in residential areas.
The Pearsall and Dilley police departments have released prepared statements with safety tips for those residents making trick-or-treat outings with their children on Sunday evening.
“Pearsall police patrol presence will be enhanced to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for all,” the statement read. Both departments confirmed they will return to full enforcement of traffic laws after 9 p.m. Sunday.
In Dilley, Police Chief Homer Delgado indicated the designated time for trick-or-treat outings will be 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday and that his officers would limit certain traffic enforcement between those hours only.
In La Salle County, the designated period for trick-or-treat outings is 4:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday. After that time, all traffic laws will be enforced, including seatbelt requirements for all occupants of a vehicle.
“I encourage all parents and guardians to exercise extreme caution while the children are out, and I ask that drivers follow all the traffic laws,” La Salle County Sheriff Anthony Zertuche wrote in a press release this week. “I ask that everyone drive well below the posted speed limits throughout town.”
Businesses and organizations in Frio and La Salle counties have different activities slated throughout the week.
The Pearsall City Hall Annex will be open to the public so that residents may visit with their children in Halloween costumes to receive treats.
City Hall will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Frio County Enrichment Committee will celebrate Halloween with an afternoon event featuring live entertainment, pumpkin painting, food and craft vendors, a photo booth and a train ride. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fireman’s Park in Pearsall.
Frio County Constable Daniel Zapata is hosting a Trunk-or-Treat event at Polo Patino Park from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
“Anyone is invited to attend or come set up their trunk,” the constable said.
Law enforcement is encouraging trick-or-treaters to not take homemade treats, only visit houses of people they know, carry a flashlight, stay within their neighborhood, choose flame-resistant costumes and watch for traffic when crossing the street.
La Salle County Sheriff Zertuche added that he hopes community members will also observe appropriate health and safety guidelines established by the US Centers for Disease Control.
“Vaccinated or not, wearing a mask in indoor public spaces can help protect you and everyone close to you,” the sheriff wrote. “You may choose to wear a mask in outdoor crowded settings for added protection.”