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TOWSON, MD (October 25, 2017) –– While Halloween is not until Tuesday, October 31, many parties will be held this weekend and some neighborhoods have scheduled trick-or-treating as well.
AAA Mid-Atlantic is offering key tips to help all be safe and festive, whether they are out trick-or-treating or at a bar or house party this weekend or on Halloween. “As children take to the streets to trick-or-treat, their risk of being injured by motorists increases greatly,” states Ragina Cooper Averella, Manager of Public and Government Affairs at AAA Mid-Atlantic.
In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Halloween is consistently one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that children are four times more likely to be struck by a motor vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year. “Because excited trick-or-treaters often forget about safety, it’s even more important that motorists and parents pay attention,” adds Averella.
Partygoers are reminded to designate a sober driver or to make plans in advance to take a taxi, Uber or Lyft or public transportation, if they plan to drink. The combination of drinking and increased pedestrian traffic on Halloween has been a deadly combination.
Halloween is a statistically dangerous night for drunk driving. In 2015 alone, over half (52 percent) of all highway fatalities across the country on Halloween night involved a driver or motorcyclist with a .08 BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) or higher, according to NHTSA. “Drivers need to be alert and vigilant when going out on Halloween night. Driving while drunk, distracted or impaired, is a recipe for disaster,” commented Averella.
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AAA Mid-Atlantic offers the following tips to keep everyone safe this Halloween:
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