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.