One too many treats?
October 25, 2011 Leave a comment
As party-going ghosts and goblins celebrate Halloween this October, traffic safety officials in America remind everyone to keep the party off the road.
“There isn’t a Halloween costume clever enough to hide an impaired driver who’s made the poor decision to get behind the wheel,” said Romell Cooks, Regional Administrator from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Whether you’ve had one too many or way too many it is just not worth the risk. Remember, Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.”
Nighttime is an especially dangerous time to be on the road. But Halloween night is one of the deadliest nights of the year for impaired drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 48 percent of all highway fatalities across the nation on Halloween night (6 p.m. oct. 31 to 5:59 a.m. Nov. 1) in 2009 involved a driver or a motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 grams per deciliter or higher, which is illegal in every state.
“The scariest parts of Halloween aren’t the spooky costumes and scary pranks,” said Ms. Cooks. “It’s the fact that too often impaired drivers don’t plan ahead and end up making the roads scarier than a horror show.”