27 Oct Halloween Driving Safety
Ghouls, goblins, ghosts, OH MY! It is that time of year: Halloween season is upon us once again. From trick or treating to bobbing for apples and all the fun to be had by adults, this is the perfect time to reflect on a scary statistic. No, not the one that says 83% of adults will be going as Donald Trump of the color changing dress that so befuddled our great nation earlier this year. Behind New Year’s Day, Halloween is one of the deadliest days of the year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 60% of all fatalities that occur on Halloween involve drunk drivers. Similarly, the NHTSA reported that in 2011, 38% of fatalities on Halloween night took place in a crash with a driver or motorcyclist with a BAC of .08 or higher and 11% of those fatalities involved a pedestrian.
As the party invitations fly, we at the Paullin Law Firm urge you to plan ahead and enjoy Halloween responsibly. This means arranging a sober driver (take turns with your friends), calling a cab or an Uber, or even walk. No matter what you do, just don’t drink and drive. Not only can you harm yourself or someone else, the police increase their patrols around Halloween in an effort to keep everyone safe.
Tips for Driving During Trick-or-Treating Times
• If you happen to be driving somewhere, wait until you arrive to put on your costume.
• Look up the route to your destination before leaving the house, if you do not know the way. This will keep you from using your phone’s navigation or texting a friend for directions or apartment numbers.
• Treat every street as a residential street.
• Remember how much fun you had on Halloween and reflect on how excited children are and how they may not be thinking about cars, traffic, and the age old “look left then right then back left before crossing” rule we were all taught as children.
Always remember, there is truly nothing scarier than losing your license as a result of a DUI or the possibility of injuring yourself or someone else. We at the Paullin Law Firm wish you a safe and Happy Halloween!