|Safe Community Coalition provides tips to drive safe this Halloween|
|Thursday, October 24, 2013 12:00 AM|
LIMA — As party-going ghosts and goblins celebrate Halloween this October, the Lima-Allen County Safe Community Coalition reminds everyone to keep the party off the road.
“There isn’t a Halloween costume clever enough to hide an impaired driver who has made the poor decision to get behind the wheel,” said Evelyn Smith. “Whether you’ve had one too many - or way too many - it is just not worth the risk. Remember, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”
Nighttime is an especially dangerous time to be on the road, but Halloween night is often one of the deadliest nights of the year for impaired drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2011, 44 percent of all highway fatalities across the nation on Halloween night (6 p.m. Oct. 31 to 5:59 a.m. Nov. 1) involved a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, which is illegal in every state.
On Oct. 25-27 and Oct. 31-Nov. 1, deputies from the Allen County Sheriff’s Office will be working overtime to stop and arrest impaired drivers. Local law enforcement will be out all over Allen County on the lookout for impaired drivers.
The Safe Community Coalition recommends these simple tips for a safe Halloween:
— Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
— Before drinking, designate a non-drinking driver;
— If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation;
— If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement;
— And remember, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
If you know someone who is about to drive or ride a motorcycle while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.
For more information, visit nhtsa.gov/StopImpairedDriving
Halloween driving “tricks” to keep children safe
To help everyone bring home treats — not tragedies — follow these tips for a safe Halloween:
— Don’t use a cell phone while driving; a single distraction could lead to a tragedy.
— Stay well below the posted speed limit.
— Pay attention to what’s happening on sidewalks and roadways. Watch for children darting across streets, especially between parked cars.
— Be extra alert when pulling in and out of driveways.
— Do not assume children can see you or are paying attention; you need to take that responsibility seriously.
— Drivers should also check that all lights work on their car.
— Do not pass other vehicles that have stopped in the roadway. They could be dropping off children.
— If you’re driving a group of children, but staying in the running vehicle at the curb, be sure to put on your hazard lights to alert other motorists.
— Do not drive while wearing a costume that prevents you from driving safely.