Keep you and your kids safe at Halloween

Trick-or-treating children aren’t the only ones who celebrate the occasion. This year, some 58 million adults are expected to attend or host a Halloween party, and many of those gatherings will include alcohol.

That helps explain why, on Halloween Night in 2015, half of all traffic fatalities and nearly one in 5 fatal pedestrian accidents involved drunk drivers. You can help avoid adding to those statistics.

Plan before you party.

You can stay safe by following these tips:

-Plan a safe way to get home before you party because alcohol impairs judgement.

-Designate a sober driver, take public transportation or a car service, or call a sober friend or family member to get home.

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

-If you see someone you think is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them get home safely.

Keep your children safe.

Protect your kids from drunk drivers on trick-or-treat night by following these tips:

-Children out at night and younger than 12 should have adult supervision.

-Kids should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

-Choose face paint when possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.

-Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights.

For more information, visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.

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