California Car Accident Attorneys
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants partygoers to plan ahead for a safe ride home on Halloween night. Halloween and the following weekend are well known for having a spike in drunk driving related fatal and injury-causing crashes, and the NHTSA is currently raising awareness about the dangers of buzzed and drunk driving. If you plan on drinking at all, make sure you have a safe ride home. It’s also a good idea to have a backup plan, in case your original ride falls through. This can be as simple as having a ridesharing app on your phone.
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Law enforcement agencies in California and across the nation will be out in full force on Halloween night and the following weekend. Enforcement will be increased in an effort to keep roads safe for trick-or-treaters, pedestrians, motorists and all other roadway users. In addition to endangering their own lives and the lives of others, drunk drivers will also be at risk for costly arrests and damaging criminal records.
Drunk Driving Halloween Crash Facts
• On Halloween nights between 2011 and 2015, there were 172 people killed in crashes involving drunk drivers.
• On Halloween night during that same timeframe, 45 percent of all motor vehicle crash deaths involved drunk drivers.
• In 2015, eight pedestrians and 47 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in crashes involving drunk drivers.
• The 21-to-34 year age group accounted for the most fatalities (64 percent) in drunk-driving crashes on Halloween night in 2015.
Watch Out for Ghosts and Ghouls
Sadly, Halloween is an especially dangerous holiday in residential areas due to the high traffic-volume of trick-or-treaters. Child pedestrians will be out during the afternoon and evening hours trick-or-treating. They may be in dark costumes on poorly lit streets, so exercise additional caution while driving through residential areas, and whatever you do, don’t get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking alcohol. Also, always remember that buzzed driving is drunk driving too, so plan ahead for a safe ride home.
The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a Safe and Happy Halloween, and if you have been injured in an accident involving a drunk driver in San Diego or in any of the Central Coast communities, contact our skilled and proven team at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.