Each year, millions of children and adults celebrate Halloween, a holiday known for its sweet treats and spooky parties. Don’t drive scary. Commit to sober driving Halloween night, and every night. To keep our roadways safe, Missouri law enforcement will be on the lookout for drivers who have celebrated too much while reminding everyone of the dangers of impaired driving.
Halloween poses an especially dangerous threat to pedestrians, as more people are out at night on the hunt for candy. If your night involves alcohol, plan for a sober ride home. Remember: Don’t ever drive impaired.
Children out trick-or-treating, and those who accompany them, are also at risk. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that from 2012 to 2016, 14 percent of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween night involved drunk drivers. Drivers between ages 21 to 34 accounted for the most impaired-driving fatalities (46 percent) on Halloween night in 2016. Drunk driving isn’t the only risk on the road; drug-impaired driving is also an increasing problem. If you feel different, you drive different.
Have a safe and fun Halloween. For more information on highway safety, go to www.saveMOlives.com.
(Information courtesy of the Missouri Department of Transportation.)