Nighttime is always a dangerous time on the road, but Halloween can be particularly scary night because of the number of drunk drivers on the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 41 percent of all highway fatalities throughout the nation during the Halloween period in 2010 involved a driver with a BAC of .08 or higher.
The scariest part of Halloween isn’t the spooky costumes and scary pranks. It’s the fact that all too often people don’t plan ahead for a safe way home before drinking alcohol. Every year we hear stories, like Jean Dyess or Jessica Fraire, of Halloween celebrations turned tragic for innocent pedestrians enjoying the holiday. So this Halloween, MADD urges both partygoers and trick-or-treaters to plan ahead to keep everyone safe.
Attending a party:
- Designate a sober driver to make sure you—and everyone with you—arrive home safely on Halloween.
- Save the number of a local cab service in your phone prior to heading out.
- Consider hiring a shuttle or limousine service to transport you and your friends to and from your event.
- Arrange a hotel stay for you and your friends on the evening of the event so no one drives home impaired.
Hosting a Halloween party:
- Never serve alcohol to those under the age of 21.
- Plan safe parties, including providing non-alcoholic drink options to guests and not serving alcohol during the last hour of the party.
- Provide plenty of food to keep your guests from drinking on an empty stomach.
- Avoid too many salty snacks, which tend to make people thirsty and drink more.
- Be prepared to get everyone home safe in case your plans change by having the number of a taxi service on hand for those who need a ride.
- Be extra alert when crossing the street.
- Wear bright, reflective clothing or add reflective tape to costumes and treat buckets.
- Bring a flashlight (with extra batteries) so you can see and be seen at night.
Remember to put safety before the celebration this Halloween by designating a sober driver and encouraging everyone else to do the same.