This Halloween, Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants party-goers to know that Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving, this Halloween. As with many other holiday weekends, Halloween often means an increase in parties and celebrations in California and across the U.S. Unfortunately, this also means an increase in drunk driving related injuries and fatalities. Law enforcement officials are expected to be out in full force on Halloween night in San Diego and across the Central Coast.

Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving

If you plan on celebrating Halloween with alcohol, make sure to designate a driver. Don’t plan on just having “a few.” Under the right circumstances, one drink can be one drink over the limit. Don’t put trick-or-treaters and other roadway users in danger. The best way to avoid a drunk driving accident is to avoid getting behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking. Law enforcement officials are going to be out looking for drunk and buzzed drivers, so save yourself a ride to jail and a costumed mug shot too.

Halloween Drunk Driving Facts

• In 2012, nearly half of all car crash fatalities on Halloween night involved a drunk driver.
• In 2012 alone, 26 people were killed in wrecks involving drunk drivers on Halloween night.
• In 2012, 10,322 people were killed in drunk driving crashes, which represented a third of all traffic crash fatalities for the year.
• Young drivers (ages 21 to 34 years old) make up the largest group of drunk drivers in fatal crashes.
• In 2012, nearly a fifth (18 percent) of all drivers under the age of 21 involved in fatal crashes were drunk.

Keeping Halloween Happy and Safe

A safe Halloween is a happy Halloween, and the best way to stay safe is to stay sober if you plan on driving. Even one drink can be one drink too many, because buzzed driving is drunk driving. If you plan on celebrating with alcohol, line up a safe ride home and have a backup plan. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Pre-program a cab company’s number into your phone or make plans with a designated driver. If you or a loved one is injured by a drunk driver this Halloween, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a safe and Happy Halloween.

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