Thursday, October 23, 2014

Halloween a Good Time to Encourage Safety among Teens

Las Cruces Sun-News (Las Cruces, NM) October 18, 2014

"While Halloween is still a holiday focused on childhood fun — dressing up, carnivals and trick-or-treating — there are some older children-at-heart who face dangers when they head out for a grown-up version of Halloween.

Adult, and even teen, Halloween parties can involve alcohol, making it a particularly deadly night due to the number of drunken drivers on the roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), on Halloween night in 2012, almost half, 48 percent, of all crash fatalities involved a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 grams, an illegal limit in every state. That percentage is even higher than the overall percentage of drunken-driving fatalities nationwide, 31 percent, for all of 2012. In addition, that same year, 19 percent of the fatal pedestrian crashes on Halloween involved drunk drivers." Read more

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