Halloween is a time for costumes, scary movies, and candy. Sometimes Halloween celebrations can turn frightening when they contain alcohol and driving. Here are some scary Halloween drunk driving statistics from the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHTSA):
During the Halloween night (6 p.m. October 31 to 5:59 a.m. November 1) during the years 2013-2017, there were 158 people killed in drunk-driving crashes.
During Halloween night from 2013-2017, 42% of those killed were in traffic crashes that involved at least one drunk driver.
During the 2017 Halloween night (6 p.m. October 31 to 5:59 a.m. November 1), there were 11 vehicle occupants and three pedestrians killed in drunk-driving crashes.
Make sure the pumpkins are the only thing smashed on Halloween. If you or someone else becomes intoxicated at a Halloween celebration, do not drive. Use a car ride service or a taxi. Halloween memories should be happy not tragic.
The victim in a multiple-car wreck that shut down the southbound lanes of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway for more than three hours Monday evening has been identified by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office as 53-year-old Michael Timothy of Metairie.
We apologize for the delay experienced late Monday afternoon/evening on the Causeway. At 4:11 PM, one of our Motorist Assistance Patrollers (MAP) driving north bound sighted and reported a possible breakdown on the south bound bridge. Three minutes later our Officers and MAP arrived on a three car crash at the 14.5 mile mark blocking both lanes. Tragically, one of the occupants was crushed and perished.
Rubber necking from the northbound bridge began immediately. Curiosity is natural but slowing down on a high speed roadway to look at a tragedy is dangerous. Some selfish individuals even tried to film on smart phones. During peak traffic hours like last night, this induced backups all the way to the south shore. The delay was compounded by three separate breakdowns in northbound traffic that required help during the same period.
Our first responders are excellent and typically on scene in just a few minutes. Their fast action last night prevented more injuries. Please remember that if your vehicle has flat on the Causeway to keep driving to a crossover or shoulder. If you can’t make it to a crossover/shoulder, exit the vehicle immediately and stand on the curb behind your vehicle.
Nothing is more precious than life and every life has a face. As always, last night we were trying our best to prevent crashes and save lives. We’re sorry too that our traffic advisories last night were not as timely/detailed as we’d like.
Driving slow in the left lane is not only a pain but it is also dangerous. Driving in the right lane and keeping the left lane open for passing allows traffic to flow smoothly and reduces accidents. Other benefits include less road rage, better gas mileage, less stress, and getting to the destination faster.
Some mistakenly believe driving slowly in the left lane keeps everyone safe. In reality it drastically increases the risk of accidents. The research shows that slowing down and changing lanes multiple times can be far more dangerous than speeding, causing almost 10 percent of the total accidents on highways.
We can all make the roadways safer by cruising in the right lane and keeping left lane for passing. Please practice lane courtesy.
Greg Longino, a deputy chief with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving early Thursday on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway and was booked into the St. Tammany Parish jail he oversaw as warden and, more recently, as deputy chief in charge of corrections.