“Taxis, ride-sharing or having a designated sober driver are excellent options to driving while impaired,” Gen. Weirich said, “especially on Halloween night when the streets are crowded with young trick-or-treaters.”
According to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), 43 per cent of those killed in motor vehicle crashes on Halloween night – from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m. – between 2009 and 2013 involved a drunk driver.
During that time, 119 people were killed. In all of 2013, those killed in drunken-driving crashes totaled 10,076.
In Shelby County, more than two dozen people have died in the past two years in alcohol-related crashes. The DA’s DUI Prosecution Task Force handles more than 500 new DUI cases each year.
Driving after drinking is never a good choice, but Halloween night is a time to be extra vigilant, Gen. Weirich said.
She urged drivers to be careful about taking medications with alcohol, to watch for increased numbers of children and their parents walking in the neighborhoods and to watch out for friends by taking their keys if they appear to be impaired.
“Please use good judgement and make sure that Halloween does not turn into a real-life nightmare for you or for someone else,” Gen. Weirich said. “Think ahead and stay safe.”