Halloween weekend is here again, and it’s time to pull out the scary masks, spooky spiders, and big bowls of candy in anticipation of ghosts and goblins coming to the door. It’s also time to brush up on a few safety tips, because Halloween impaired driving makes this coming weekend one of the deadliest of the entire year.
Halloween impaired driving is one of the biggest road safety issues facing both drivers and trick or treaters on the big night. Whether you’re just walking down the road with your family looking for candy or you’re heading out to a party, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
Drive sober, or get a sober driver
Who doesn’t want to have a cup or two of witch’s brew on Halloween? It’s fine to have a drink during the spookiest night of the year, but you don’t want to get behind the wheel after you do. Now is the time to look around and ask someone to be your sober driver, and if no one volunteers, plan to take a cab or contact a ride share company.
Just because you’re a pedestrian doesn’t mean you’re safe
Pedestrians are hit by drunk drivers every Halloween, so you want to take extra precautions if you’re trick or treating with your family. Wear reflective tape on your costume so you’re easily visible, and carry a flash light so vehicles always know you’re there.
Report Halloween impaired driving, even if you’re not 100% sure
If you spot someone swerving or driving erratically this Halloween, your best bet is to pick up the phone and call 911. It’s hard to tell whether or not someone is definitely a drunk driver, so let the police know and they’ll track that person down.
With extra enforcement on the roads this Halloween, you can be sure that police all over Canada will be on the roads with you as they look for drunk drivers. When you make a plan to stay safe this Halloween, the only really scary part of your night will be how much candy you ate.