• Buzzed Driving Is A Halloween BooBoo…Or Worse

    • It’s just plain scary to drink and drive. This Halloween, remember that Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.
      • In 2012, almost half (48%) of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities on Halloween night (6 p.m. October 31 to 5:59 a.m. November 1) involved a drunk driver. In 2012 alone, 26 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes on Halloween night.
    • These numbers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveal that drunk driving is more prevalent on Halloween compared with the rest of the year.
    • You should be terrified of what could happen if you drink and drive.

    • Haunted houses and spooky costumes are nothing compared to the scary consequences of drunk driving. One minute, you’re celebrating with friends in costumes, and the next minute you’re sitting in the back seat of a police car or riding to the hospital in an ambulance. Even if you’ve only had a little to drink—you have a lot to lose.

    • Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving, and drunk driving is illegal. The legal and financial costs of driving while impaired can be significant. Drunk drivers often face jail time, the loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, and lost wages due to time off from work.

    • What’s worse is that the consequences of drinking and driving could be taking someone else’s life or your own. Every year in America, thousands of people are killed by the selfish, preventable decision to drive drunk. In 2012, there were 10,322 people killed in drunk-driving crashes—a third of all crash fatalities.

    • The minimum legal drinking age is 21 years. Young people (ages 21-34) make up the largest group of drunk drivers in fatal crashes. Even more shocking: in 2012, almost a fifth (18%) of the drivers under age 21 in fatal crashes were drunk, which is illegal in every State.

    • Imagine the devastating consequences of drunk driving and the possibility of taking someone’s life. It doesn’t have to be a reality. Designate a sober driver. Before the Halloween parties begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night.

    • Always designate a sober driver, even if you only plan to “have a few.” Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.

    • If you are drunk, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.

    • Use your community’s sober ride program, [insert your local sober ride specifics here].

    • If you see a drunk driver on the road, do not hesitate to contact local law enforcement. It is your business—you could save a life.

    • If you’re at a Halloween party and see someone who is about to drive or ride drunk, take their keys and help them find a safe ride to where they are going. If the person says they’re not drunk, just remind them that Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.

    • For more information visit: www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.

     

    posted to Cedar Street Times on October 29, 2014

    Topics: Front PG News

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