Halloween Fatalities Spur Warnings from Georgia Governor’s Office

Halloween is typically a holiday when drivers are warned to watch out for children in the street and to be cautious of how much alcohol they consume at their own celebrations. This year, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is warning citizens to not let their guards down when it comes to their own safety and the safety of others.

Because Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, alcohol is expected to play an even bigger role among adults. People do not have to get up and go to work the next day, and they are likely to feel free to drink as much as they like. Regardless of whether you are working on Sunday or not, it is no reason to fail to prepare for Saturday night.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 43 percent of traffic fatalities involving a drunk driver on Halloween night occur between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Between 2009 and 2013, 119 were killed on Halloween night.

If you will be attending an adult party on Halloween and choose to drink alcohol, make a plan to get home safely. Either have someone act as the designated driver, spend the night at your host’s home, or download the Drive Sober, Georgia app to be able to summon a ride with the tip of your finger.

Do not forget to watch out for children in the street. Little ones are excited on Trick-or-Treat night and do not always follow the same safe practices they would otherwise. Do your best to avoid residential streets when you can.

If you are a parent taking your child Trick-of-Treating, make sure that your little ones know the rules. Streets should only be crossed at designated crosswalks when available, children and adults should look both ways before crossing a street, and a route should be planned ahead of time.

You can find more Halloween safety tips here. For more safe driving tips, visit the Georgia Highway Safety site.

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