CHARLOTTE, N.C. (October 29, 2018) – Trick-or-Treaters and adult costumed partygoers will soon be flooding the streets and neighborhoods for Halloween celebrations throughout the Carolinas. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Halloween is consistently among the top days of the year for pedestrian injuries and fatalities. NHTSA data reveals that one-third of Halloween crash fatalities involve a pedestrian and from 2009 to 2016, 43 percent of all traffic deaths on Halloween involved a drunk driver.
According to the NCDOT, More than 2,200 pedestrians are injured or killed in collisions with motor vehicles in North Carolina each year, and more than a third of those collisions occur in the evening or at night.
“Don’t become a scary statistic this Halloween,” said AAA Carolinas Foundation for Traffic Safety President Tiffany Wright. “What should be a fun holiday can turn into a real life horror story when people fail to take the proper safety precautions during the festivities.”
In an effort to crack down on impaired driving during the Halloween holiday, the NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program kicked off its 2018 Halloween Booze It & Lose It campaign with a statewide, five-day campus tour of the “BAT,” (Breath Alcohol Testing) mobile. This campaign is largely targeted toward college students, as Halloween is a major drinking event on most campuses. The BAT mobile tour will begin at UNC, then travel to ECU, UNCC, Western Carolina and back to UNC. A list of dates and locations can be found at the bottom of this release.
AAA Carolinas is offering tips to help everyone have a safe Halloween.
· If possible, avoid driving during the “haunting hours” between 4 and 9 p.m. – the time when trick-or-treaters will be the most active.
· Park your mobile phone: Avoid distractions by staying off of your phone; this includes talking, texting or using other apps. Disconnect and Drive.
· Yield to pedestrians: Children may not stop for your approaching car because they do not see it or they do not understand how to safely cross the street.
· No passing: Don’t pass stopped vehicles as the driver may be dropping off children or have stopped for trick-or-treaters you cannot yet see.
· Drive slowly: Be especially alert in residential neighborhoods; excited trick-or-treaters can move in unpredictable ways.
· Turn your headlights on: Even if it is still daylight out, it helps to have your lights on so children may better see your approaching car.
Parents and Trick-or-Treaters:
· Always be seen: Carry flashlights, wear brightly colored costumes and add reflective tape to increase visibility.
· Know what you’re eating: Have all candy checked by a trusted adult prior to consumption.
· Stay with your group: Never accept rides from strangers and hold hands with a friend or family member.
· Safety in numbers: Travel in groups and plan the route ahead of time.
· Stop at well-lit homes: Stay clear of dark houses.
· Avoid trips and falls: Wear well-fitting costumes, masks and shoes.
· Avoid the street: Walk on the sidewalk at all times and look both ways repeatedly before crossing the street.
· Always Plan Ahead: Designate a sober driver before the party begins.
· Drinking Means No Driving: Never get behind the wheel when you have been drinking or ride in a car driven by someone who has.
· Call a Ride: Use a taxi service, Lyft or Uber.
· Help Others: Don’t hesitate to take the keys from friends or family members who may be impaired.
· Be a Responsible Host: Make sure you have alcohol-free drinks as an option.
· Report a Drunk Driver: If you encounter an impaired driver on the road, keep a safe distance and ask a passenger to call 911 (or pull over to a safe location to make the call yourself).
· Remember: prescription, over-the-counter medications and illegal drugs can also impair your ability to drive safely.
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BAT Mobile Tour:
Thursday, Oct. 25 from 4 to 5 p.m. at UNC Chapel Hill (Triangle)
‘BAT’ Mobile staging area
100 block E. Franklin Street
Friday, Oct. 26 from 10 to 11 a.m. at NCA&T (Triad)
New Student Union Center
John W. Mitchell Drive at Daniel Street
Monday, Oct. 29 from 10 to 11 a.m. at East Carolina University (Coastal)
609 East 10th Street
Monday, Oct. 29 from 11 a.m. to Noon at UNC Charlotte (Metrolina)
Popp Martin Student Union
9201 University City Boulevard
Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 4 to 5 p.m. at Western Carolina University (Mountains)
Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center
92 Catamount Road
Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 7 p.m. at UNC Chapel Hill (Triangle)
200 block E. Franklin Street