If your Halloween weekend includes celebrating with cocktails, be sure to make plans for a sober ride home in advance. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reminds us that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. According to NHTSA, 41% of all people killed in motor vehicle crashes on Halloween night from 2015 to 2019 were in crashes involving a drunk driver. Since Halloween lands on a Sunday this year, that will likely mean more parties throughout the weekend, with more opportunities to make responsible choices. Enjoy your spooky parties, but have a designated driver, or use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely!
Whatever your plans are for this Memorial Day weekend, be sure they include staying safe on the road. Don’t take chances. Follow this simple strategy to reduce your risk behind the wheel:
- Don’t drive after drinking alcohol.
- Don’t drive impaired by drugs.
- Don’t drive distracted.
- Always wear your seat belt.
Stay safe and enjoy your extended weekend!
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is once again teaming up with law enforcement across the United States during the 2019 Holiday Season to increase enforcement targeting the traffic safety issue of impaired driving. The enforcement campaigns, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and If You Feel Different, You Drive Different. Drive High, Get a DUI, run from December 13, 2019, through January 1, 2020 to coincide with the 2019 holiday season. The Holiday Season is one of the deadliest times of the year in terms of impaired-driving fatalities.
NHTSA reminds us, “It doesn’t matter what term you use: If a person is feeling a little high, buzzed, stoned, wasted, or drunk, he or she is impaired and should never get behind the wheel.”