Halloween is a particularly deadly night due to the high number of drunk drivers on the road.
In 2012, Texas lost 15 motorists from Friday, Oct.28, through Wednesday, Oct. 31. The Saturday prior to Halloween was a particularly deadly night, with 10 Texans losing their lives in alcohol-related crashes.
Texas law enforcement officers remind drivers that they will be out in force looking for drunk drivers. If you do not drive sober, you will get pulled over. Young men are particularly at risk of being involved in a traffic crash as a result of “buzzed” or drunk driving.
“With drunk driving, there’s no trick and there’s no treat,” said Alinda Cox, AgriLife Extension agent for Jack County. “We want all our residents to remember that Halloween is about kids and trick-or-treating—not about seeing how much alcohol they can drink.”
Whether you have had one too many or are way over the limit, drunk driving is not worth causing a traffic crash, serious injury, or worse—death.
Drunk driving violators often face jail time, the loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates, use of an ignition interlock, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, and lost wages due to time off from work.
Plan ahead so that you don’t turn the roads into a real-life horror show. If you are going to a party, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night.
For information on free alcohol awareness programs, go to www.watchurbac.tamu.