Catch a ride this Halloween

Halloween is a seasonal time that is fun for all ages. Candies, costumes, and parties are all part of the fun, but remember to stay safe.

This Halloween we advise you to use extra caution and help to prevent drunk driving. The traffic statistics for Halloween tell a frightening but all-too-true story.  And that’s why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges motorists and pedestrians to use extra caution on Halloween night.

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NHTSA data indicates that, in 2011, 38 percent of fatalities on Halloween night occurred in a crash involving a driver or a motorcyclist with a blood alcohol content above the legal limit of .08. Within the city of Aspen, there will extra late night service on Friday, October 31st.

To help protect drivers, passengers, and pedestrians, NHTSA offers some simple safety tips:

Motorists

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  • Use caution behind the wheel.
  • Slow down and be alert in residential areas.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
  • Eliminate distractions so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Drive sober or get pulled over.
  • Always designate a sober driver and plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night if you plan on celebrating Halloween with alcohol.
  • Use your community’s sober ride program or take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
  • Watch out for your family, friends, and neighbors.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement.
  • If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make safe travel arrangements to where they are going.

Pedestrians

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  • Keep kids safe.
  • Children out at night and under the age of 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.
  • Decorate costumes with reflective tape and have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights.
  • Remember, everyone is a pedestrian.
  • Always cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
  • Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving; designate a sober friend to walk you home.

This Halloween, a little caution will go a long way toward a safer night and weekend for everyone in our communities. 

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