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Wed October 30, 2013
Health and Welfare

Adult Halloween Parties Increase Highway Safety Concerns

Credit trafficsafetymarketing.gov

Halloween can lead to increased safety concerns in children filled neighborhoods.  Those worries may be tied to the traffic found moving about on Halloween night.  As the holiday falls on a Thursday this year, Kentucky Office of Highway Safety Director Bill Bell says Thursday nights are already a time of heightened risk for alcohol related incidents.

“When you look at all the nighttime crashes, obviously Friday and Saturday are your two worst.  Thursday night ranks as the third worst as far as risky driving, so absolutely, that is gonna be the main night of focus,” said Bell.

Bell says adult Halloween parties have been on the increase over the past decade or so.  He says it’s important to plan ahead and know how you are getting home at the end of the night.

“It’s a big drinking holiday, if you will.  A lot of twenty somethings, 30 somethings, they use Halloween to have a huge party, so yeah it is a big focus,” added Bell.

Bell says ‘buzzed’ driving from alcohol or drugs can still amount to impairment.