Georgia Law enforcement will be out in full effect on Halloween night
Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety is warning Halloween motorists that being taken to jail on a DUI charge is going to be a lot scarier than any haunted house if they make the decision to drink and drive.
Law enforcement statewide will be increasing their DUI enforcement on Halloween night because fatal drunk driving crashes have unfortunately become a national tradition for the costumed holiday.
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows 42 percent of all people killed in traffic crashes on Halloween night from 2013 to 2017 were in crashes that involved a drunk driver. Between 2013 and 2017, there were 158 drunk-driving fatalities on Halloween night, which is classified as from 6 p.m. on October 31 to 6 a.m the next morning.
Younger drivers are the most at risk even though it is illegal for those under 21 to consume alcohol. In 2017, those drivers under the age of 21 had the highest percentage (45 percent) of fatalities in Halloween night drunk driving crashes.
While the latest crash data from the National Traffic Safety Administration show that the number of traffic fatalities in Georgia in 2018 decreased by two percent compared to 2017, the number of alcohol-related crashes increased. There were 375 people killed in alcohol-impaired crashes last year, which is a five percent increase from the 356 deaths in 2017.
The good news is there are lots of easy ways for both motorists and trick-or-treaters alike to have a safely memorable Halloween:
For Trick-or-Treaters and Parents
- Parents should accompany trick-or-treaters under the age of 12.
- Review trick-or-treating safety precautions and plan a route ahead of time.
- Make sure you are wearing clothing that can be seen at night or in low light and carry a flashlight.
- Look both ways before crossing the street and use crosswalks as much as possible.
- Buckle up if driving trick-or-treaters between houses and use appropriate car seats.
- Plan a safe way home before you go out. For example, arrange for a sober driver, program taxi numbers into your phone or utilize rideshare apps.
- Avoid neighborhood shortcuts and residential streets where trick-or-treaters are likely to be present.
- Watch for children in the street. Their size means they can be hidden by other cars and they may dart into the street or otherwise avoid crosswalks to get to the next house.
- Slow down.
- Stay off your phone in order to keep your eyes on any pedestrians in the street.
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