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Halloween night is quickly becoming the deadliest holiday

| October 27, 2014

COSHOCTON – This year, Halloween falls on a Friday and most people will enjoy celebrating with family, friends, food and fun. For some people, “fun” includes alcohol consumption.

Halloween season is quickly becoming one of the scariest and deadliest holidays for driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 48 percent of all Halloween highway fatalities across the nation involve the driver of a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.

Christy Mosier, Coshocton County Safe Communities Coordinator, says, “As you carve your pumpkin or pick out a costume this year, 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.”

The Safe Communities Coalition, a local traffic safety partnership, recommends these simple tips for a safe Halloween.

– Before the Halloween festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night.

– Always designate a sober driver.

– If you are drunk, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member.

– Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Designate a sober friend to walk you home.

– If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement.

– If you know someone who is about to drive or ride impaired, take their keys and help them make safe travel arrangements to where they are going.

Funding for the Coshocton County Safe Community Coalition is provided by a grant from the Ohio Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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