According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Halloween is one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities annually. Drunk driving is one of the most common causes, as 55 people were killed in drunk driving crashes on Halloween in 2015 and 168 drunk driving fatalities occurred on Halloween between 2012 and 2016.
All motorists should avoid driving after consuming alcoholic beverages on Halloween. Local law enforcement is not oblivious to the increased level of alcohol consumption at local bars and homes on Halloween and will be actively seeking to arrest people for drunk driving offenses.
Some of the other Halloween safety tips for drivers provided by NHTSA include:
- Refrain from using handheld electronic devices. Most people are now aware of the increased dangers involved in using cell phones while driving. Despite the heightened awareness, some people cannot resist the temptation to respond to notifications as quickly as possible. Use of a smartphone or other electronic device is hazardous on Halloween because children are far more likely to appear in the paths of vehicles suddenly. When a driver is not fully invested in the task of driving, reactions can be delayed, and motorists may be unable to stop in time to avoid collisions.
- Notify local law enforcement of any drunk driver or impaired pedestrian on the road. You should not hesitate to let police know when you think another motorist is operating under the influence. While authorities often cannot make arrests based on anonymous reports, they can still identify these vehicles and pull them over for independent infractions.
- Be alert for pedestrians at night. Keep in mind that black is often the most popular color worn on Halloween. By nature, most pedestrians are going to be harder to see. Most pedestrians use sidewalks, but motorist should respect pedestrians who may be forced to walk in the street where there are no sidewalks.
- Slow down in areas with pedestrians or limited sight distances. Keep your windshield clean. You should generally make sure that you adhere to posted speed limits in all residential neighborhoods. Also be mindful of pedestrians in other more crowded areas of busier urban environments, as many pedestrians are likely to be crossing streets in these areas.
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