Halloween night is often one of the deadliest nights of the year due to the number of impaired drivers on the streets. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2009, 48 percent of all traffic fatalities on Halloween night involved a driver or a motorcycle rider with a BAC of .08 or higher. Halloween means dark streets full of little kids distracted by candy and costumes. That makes it especially important to start planning a safe and sober ride home from whatever fun you’ll be having that night — so your evening doesn’t take a truly scary turn.
Whether at a Halloween party, a costume contest at a bar or trick-or-treating through the neighborhood, many of us will be on the road this weekend. NHTSA and the Ad Council are reminding everyone that the best way to stay safe is to plan ahead and designate a sober driver before you head out for your Halloween festivities. Check out this helpful information:
• Our Halloween poster ()— A poster to remind people that if you drive buzzed on Halloween, your evening could turn into a real nightmare.
• Designated Driver Drink List — One of the most important things you can do before going out is designate a sober driver. If you’re throwing a Halloween party, make sure to offer non-alcoholic drinks for the sober drivers. We’ve compiled .
• Alternative Ride Locator — We’ve created that can help keep your readers safe.
• — Your readers can sign a pledge not to drink and drive; play “Spot the Difference,” an interactive game that simulates the effects of buzzed driving; and watch a real-life video about how buzzed driving changed one woman’s life.
This Halloween, let’s work together to put an end to buzzed driving. Don’t let friends ruin their Halloween with a DUI — or worse. Remind them to plan ahead and designate a sober driver before they begin celebrating. Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.