NHTSA on Halloween Roadway Safety
Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are calling on partygoers to stay safe on Halloween night this year. They’re teaming up with a variety of local law enforcement officials across the nation to spread the word about the dangers of drunk driving. This year, they’re also focusing on raising awareness about buzzed driving, which can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Even one drink can be one drink too many, so if you plan on celebrating Halloween with alcohol, make sure you have a safe ride home.
The Stats on Halloween Drunk Driving Crashes
- During the Halloween night holiday between 2013 and 2017, there were 158 people killed in crashes involving drunk drivers in the U.S.
- During Halloween night from 2013 to 2017, 42 percent of those people were killed in crashes that involved at least one drunk driver.
- During the 2017 Halloween night holiday, there were 11 vehicle occupants and three pedestrians killed in drunk-driving crashes.
- Those under the age of 21 had the highest percentage (45 percent) of fatalities in drunk-driving crashes on Halloween night in 2017.
Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving
Don’t think that just because you only had a couple of drinks that you’re okay to drive home. Even one drink can impact your alertness, reaction times, cognition and safety behind the wheel. This Halloween and all year long, avoid getting behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking any alcohol at all. Alcohol and motor vehicles just don’t mix. It’s not worth putting your life or the lives of others in danger.
Get a Safe Ride Home
If you plan on drinking, make sure to have a safe ride home lined up. It doesn’t matter if you’re using a designated driver or a ridesharing app like Uber, just make sure you don’t get behind the wheel. Equally important, don’t plan on walking home if you’re drunk either. Pedestrian safety can also be impacted by alcohol, so always make sure you have a safe and sober ride lined up after a night of partying with alcohol.
The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a Safe and Happy Halloween, and if you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, contact our office at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.