This Halloween, don’t be tricked into thinking you are “OK to drive” if you celebrate with alcohol. The Greene County Safe Communities Coalition reminds all partygoers: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. If you feel “buzzed,” you should not be behind the wheel.
“If you drive buzzed this Halloween, the joke will be on you,” warned Laurie Fox, Safe Communities Coordinator. “The risks are not worth it, and the consequences are too serious. A sober and safe ride after the party is the best treat you can give yourself and everyone else on the road this Halloween.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2011, when Halloween fell on a Monday, 44 percent of the nation’s fatalities during the Halloween weekend occurred in a crash involving a driver or a motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher . Thirty-eight percent of fatalities on Halloween night occurred in a crash involving a driver or a motorcycle operator with a BAC of .08 or higher.
Young men are particularly at risk of being involved in a traffic crash as a result of “buzzed” or drunk driving. Males ages 21-34 comprised almost half of all drunk drivers who were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes nationwide during the 2011 Halloween period.
Ms. Fox recommends these simple tips for a safe Halloween:
For more information, please visit http://www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.