The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their 2016 Halloween anti-drunk driving campaign. Halloween is a particularly deadly night on U.S. roadways each year. In 2015, more than half of all highway fatalities on Halloween night involved a drunk driver or motorcycle rider. This year, the NHTSA is reminding motorists to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and that Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) and other local and state public safety and law enforcement agencies will be stepping up efforts to prevent and catch drunk drivers on Halloween night and during the Halloween holiday weekend.
Halloween Crash Statistics
- On Halloween night between 2009 and 2013, 119 people were killed in drunk driving crashes.
- On Halloween nights between 2009 and 2013, 43 percent of all motor vehicle crash deaths involved drunk driving.
- In 2013, 26 percent of all pedestrian fatalities on Halloween night involved a drunk driver.
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over: Halloween Edition
Partygoers are reminded to plan ahead for Halloween celebration festivities. If you plan on celebrating the holiday with alcohol, be sure to designate a driver or find another safe ride home. It’s always a good idea to have a backup plan too. If your original ride falls through, have a cab’s number in your phone or download a ridesharing app. Whatever you do, don’t get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking. Buzzed driving is drunk driving too, because even one drink can be one drink too many. Not only could you save your own life and the lives of others, you could save yourself from a costly DUI.
Halloween Car Accidents in San Diego
Car accidents on Halloween or any day of the year can be devastating for victims and their families in San Diego and all over the Central Coast and nearby communities. Pedestrians are at an especially high risk during this holiday, so if you plan to walk home after a party, be on the lookout for dangerous or impaired drivers. Parents of trick-or-treaters are also reminded to exercise caution and be vigilant about potentially dangerous drivers on roadways at dusk and after dark.
The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a safe and Happy Halloween.