Don’t be Tricked Into “Buzzed” Driving this Halloween

This Halloween, don’t be tricked into thinking you are “OK to drive” if you celebrate with alcohol. The Mississippi Department of Transportation (M.D.O.T.) reminds all partygoers: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. If you feel “buzzed,” you should not be behind the wheel.

“We want everyone to have a fun, safe and happy Halloween by taking a few minutes ahead of time to get a plan together,” said Melinda McGrath, M.D.O.T. Executive Director. “The risks are not worth it, and the consequences are too serious. A sober and safe ride after the party is the best treat you can give yourself and everyone else on the road this Halloween.”

No matter what your Halloween plans include, if you plan to consume alcohol, decide who your designated sober driver will be before your night begins. If you wait until you’re “buzzed,” your decision-making skills might be affected. Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving, and driving while intoxicated on any level has very serious consequences.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (N.H.T.S.A.), Halloween is statistically considered a dangerous night for drunk driving. In 2012, 48% of all crash fatalities on Halloween night involved 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.

Whether you go out trick-or-treating with family or spend Halloween night out celebrating with friends, safety is the name of the game. M.D.O.T. offers these safety tips:

•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.
•Always designate a sober driver and plan a way to get home safely if you plan to consume to alcohol; you can take advantage of your community’s public transportation or taxi system or call a sober friend or family member.
•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.
•Buckle up. Facts don’t lie: seat belts save lives.

Whatever your Halloween celebrations include, the most important thing is to be safe, and have fun this Halloween.

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