The Scariest Part of Halloween

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> JACKSON, MISS. – While the ghosts, ghouls and goblins are frightening, they’re not the scariest part of Halloween. The real terror is the number of drunk and “buzzed” drivers on the roadways during Halloween. The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) reminds all partygoers: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. Don’t be tricked into thinking that you’re sober enough to drive. If you feel “buzzed,” treat yourself, and others, by choosing not to get behind the wheel.
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> Halloween is statistically considered a dangerous night for drunk driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 43 percent of all people killed in motor vehicle crashes on Halloween night from 2009 to 2013 were in crashes involving a drunk driver. In addition, each of those car crashes and subsequent deaths might have been preventable, if the drunk drivers had planned ahead to designate a sober driver or ride home.
> “In the midst of the Halloween costume and party planning, we want to encourage you to take a few minutes ahead of time and make a transportation plan,” said MDOT Executive Director Melinda McGrath. “Too many people wait until they’ve been drinking to figure out how to get home, but by then, it’s too late to make a clear-headed decision. Plan ahead so you and your loved ones can have a fun, safe Halloween. ”
> Whether you go out trick-or-treating with family or spend Halloween night celebrating with friends, safety is the sweetest treat of the night. MDOT offers these safety tips:
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> · Be alert, and use caution behind the wheel. Don’t drive distracted; concentrate on the road and your surroundings. That text or call can wait, it’s not worth it.
> · Slow down and be mindful of pedestrians, particularly kids trick-or-treating in residential areas.
> · If you’re taking your family trick-or-treating, use reflective clothing and tape to make them more recognizable to drivers.
> · Designate a non-drinking driver before you head out to a party and consume alcohol. You can take advantage of your community’s public transportation or taxi system or call a sober friend or family member to make sure you and your loved ones arrive home safely.
> · Make it your business to keep drunk drivers off the road. If you see someone about to drive while intoxicated or ride with someone who is impaired, take their keys and help them find alternative travel. If you see a drunk driver on the road, call your local law enforcement.
> · If you are hosting a party, offer friends a place at your house to spend the night if they have been drinking.
> · Buckle up. Facts don’t lie: seat belts save lives.
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> As you plan your path to the parties, candy stores and haunted houses, remember to designate a sober driver in advance. Be a life-saver and prevent others from making the choice to drive when they’ve been drinking.
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> As always, MDOT wishes your family and friends a safe and memorable Halloween. You can use MDOTtraffic.com to check traffic slowdowns in your area before you head out to trick-or-treat. Call MDOT’s 24/7 traffic information line at 511 for all traffic details in Mississippi.
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> The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is responsible for providing a safe intermodal transportation network that is planned, designed, constructed and maintained in an effective, cost-efficient and environmentally-sensitive manner. MDOT’s objective is to maximize taxpayer’s dollars by providing a safe, efficient multimodal network which enhances economic stability and growth. For more information, visit GoMDOT.com.
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