Collegedale Police sends Halloween impaired driving PSA
COLLEGEDALE, Tenn (WDEF) –Halloween is right around the corner and the Collegedale police department wants to remind everyone of the dangers of drunk driving.
Drivers need to be extra cautious on Halloween, as more pedestrians are out at night on the hunt for candy.
Between 2015 and 2019, there were 126 drunk-driving fatalities on Halloween night
The police department says, 41% of all people killed in motor vehicle crashes on Halloween night from 2015 to 2019 were in crashes involving a drunk driver.
“This time of year from Halloween to the middle of January our numbers go up crash wise whether it’s: property damage, injury major or minor, or a fatality crash. Those numbers rise this time of year. It’s due to having a lot more cars on the road going to see their family, but impairment plays a big role in that,” says Sgt. Corey Loftis, Collegedale Police Department.
Celebrate with a Plan
If you plan to head out for a night of Halloween partying, follow these simple tips for a safe and happy evening:
- Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely.
- Have a sober ride on standby or have a designated sober driver in your group
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact your local law enforcement. TheCollegedale Police Department’s non-emergency line is: 423-396-3133.
- Do you have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.Always remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. For more information, visit www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving.