Staying Safe on Halloween

Halloween can be a dangerous night for automobile drivers and passengers. Impaired drivers put everybody on the road at great risk during this holiday weekend. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Halloween Drunk Driving Prevention campaign hopes to raise awareness about the dangers of buzzed and drunk driving during the holiday weekend. Law enforcement agencies across Texas and Oklahoma are likely stepping up efforts to keep drunk drivers off the road. Even with increased law enforcement efforts, responsible party goers and drivers need to exercise additional caution.

Just the Facts

From 2007 to 2011, over half of crash fatalities that happened on Halloween night involved drunk drivers. Additionally, in 2011, when Halloween fell on a weeknight, 44 percent of traffic-crash fatalities involved drunk drivers or motorcyclists on Halloween weekend. Halloween is an especially dangerous holiday for young males. In fact, almost half of all drunk drivers killed in Halloween wrecks in 2011 were 21 to 34-year-old males.

How to Stay Safe on Halloween

The NHTSA recommends that partygoers make their Halloween plans ahead of time. This is a great way to avoid trying to find safe transportation at the end of the night.