MADD Minnesota Newsletter Provides Alarming Stats About Impaired Driving on Halloween
Impaired driving has become all too common on Halloween – the October 2021 edition of the MADD Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota Regional Newsletter notes some alarming statistics about this issue.
For example, 41 percent of people killed in car crashes on Halloween night between 2015 and 2019 were in crashes involving at least one drunk driver. A total of 126 people were killed in drunk driving crashes between 6 p.m. on Halloween night and 5:59 a.m. the next day.
A total of 21 vehicle occupants and four pedestrians died in drunk driving crashes on Halloween night in 2019. Of those killed in drunk driving crashes that year, 62 percent were between the ages of 21 and 34.
These statistics are from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2021 Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving Halloween Campaign.
It is important to make a plan, as it could help prevent impaired driving. For example, if you are going to a party, use a ridesharing service or a cab to get from your house to the party and back. You could also make arrangements to sleep there or have a designated driver take you home.
As the NHTSA campaign points out, buzzed driving is drunk driving. If you feel slightly impaired, do not get behind the wheel. Typically, it takes one hour for your body to absorb one alcoholic drink. That means you should wait one to two hours after having just one drink before you even consider driving.
If you are going to be out walking around, such as if you are trick or treating with your children, you should keep an eye out for impaired drivers. Whenever possible, stay on the sidewalk and cross the street in a designated crosswalk. You should also make sure you and your children are visible. Brightly colored clothes could help make you more visible to drivers.
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