NHTSA Highlights Driving Safety Tips for Halloween and Fall Season (Pt. 1)
October 31, 2014
With both Halloween upon us and Daylight Savings Time ending, regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are publicizing some essential driving safety tips for both motorists and pedestrians to remember this Halloween season, as well as throughout the early evenings ushered in by the fall season.
Driving Safety Tips for Halloween – Don’t Drink and Drive!
For Halloween, the NHTSA is stressing that “buzzed driving is drunk driving,” pointing out that, in 2012, about 50 percent of the people killed in fatal motor vehicle accidents were killed by intoxicated drivers. Nearly 30 percent of these fatalities involved pedestrians.
Consequently, the main driving safety tip that the NHTSA is stressing for Halloween is to not drive if you are celebrating Halloween by drinking alcohol. Some of the NHTSA’s advice for sticking to this include the following tips:
Designate a sober driver.
- Call a sober ride program (if your community has one).
- Take a taxi.
- Call a sober friend.
- Ride the bus or another available form of public transportation.
- Report drunk drivers if you see them on the road.
- Try to encourage others to not drink and drive.
Additionally, the NHTSA has pointed out that:
- “Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. [So,] designate a sober friend to walk you home.”
- Pedestrian safety is essential for children on Halloween. Do what you can to keep kids safe. While you should go over how to safely cross the street with them, also make sure they are wearing some kind of reflective tape or gear on Halloween evening.
For some more essential driving safety tips provided by the NHTSA for the fall season, be sure to look for the upcoming second part of this blog series that will be posted in early November!
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