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Don’t drive buzzed, or your Halloween could turn into a nightmare

Hope you guys are having a great Halloween weekend. I’m sure a lot of you attended parties or are planning to head out over the next two days. I wanted to throw in a friendly reminder: Do not drink and drive.

Halloween is one of the worst nights of the year to be driving out on the streets. The spirits are up, as are the number of accidents and fatalities. Children and their families are out on the streets in higher numbers, and not every neighborhood has sidewalks for safe travel.

In 2009, 48 percent of all traffic fatalities on Halloween night involved a driver or a motorcycle rider with a Blood Alcohol Content of .08 or higher.
It’s one of the many reasons you should plan ahead while you’re laying out your costume. First, pick a designated driver who will make sure you get home safely. Carpool as much as possible. Not only will this be safer for you, but it will also cut down on traffic congestion and save you and your friends on gasoline.

If you are hosting a party, make sure you provide plenty of non-alcoholic beverages for your designated-driver guests. Here are 50 non-alcoholic drink recipes to give you some good and creative ideas.

There are also several Nationwide alternative ride programs here on Facebook. Look up a number in your area (or a taxi service if a ride program isn’t available) and save it in your phone’s address book. Most good bars you go to will also recommend or call a cab service to get you home safely.

Halloween is a great holiday; it’s my favorite one of the year. It’s why I want all of you to stay safe and sober, so you can get back to life on Tuesday and start planning for next year’s great costume.

For more information, visit the NHTSA and the Ad Council’s Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving web site.

This is a sponsored public service announcement from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration and the Ad Council. Materials for this post were provided by Global Influence. I was not compensated for this post. Opinions are 100% mine.

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