Magazine article USA TODAY

Death Does Not Take a Holiday on Halloween

Magazine article USA TODAY

Death Does Not Take a Holiday on Halloween

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Halloween Is not just a fun night for trick-or-treaters anymore, as adults have joined in on celebrating the spooky holiday with their own festivities--where alcohol often Is served. If you plan on partying this Halloween, keep in mind that one of the best choices you can make is to drive sober or designate a sober driver to get you home safely so that the night ends on a good note for everyone involved.

"In addition to being illegal, driving while impaired also carries serious, irrevocable consequences," says Rhonda Craft, director of the California Office of Traffic Safety, Sacramento. "Not only are you risking the implications and costs of a DUI, but the potential of seriously Injuring or killing yourself or other innocent people, especially young trick-or-treaters. Take a few extra minutes to plan a safe night by designating a sober driver."

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, driving under the influence is more prevalent on Halloween compared with the rest of the year. Some 48% of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities on Halloween night involve a drunk driver. …

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