Mount Vernon News
 
 
Mount Vernon News
October 29, 2012 10:47 am EDT

 

MOUNT VERNON — As party-going ghosts and goblins celebrate Halloween this year, the Knox County Safe Communities Coalition is reminding everyone to ‘keep the party off the road.’

Advertisement

LJJA Martial Arts

 

“Whether you’ve had one too many or way too many it is just not worth the risk,” said JoAnn Kerr, who coordinates the coalition for the Knox County Health Department. “Remember, buzzed driving is drunk driving.”

Nighttime is an especially dangerous time to be on the road and Halloween night is one of the deadliest nights of the year for impaired drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 41 percent of all highway fatalities across the nation on Halloween night (6 p.m. Oct. 29 to 5:59 a.m. Nov 1) in 2011 involved a driver or motorcyclist with a blood alcohol concentration of .08, which is illegal in every state.

Don’t be tricked into thinking you’ve just had a few.

“Give your community the ‘treat’ this Halloween of being a responsible driver,” said Kerr. “And don’t let friends drink and drive.” If you see a drunk driver on the road, you can call #677 on your cell phone to alert law enforcement.


Rules: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don’t attack other commenters personally and keep your language decent. If a comment violates our comments standards, click the “X” in the upper right corner of the comment box to report abuse. To post comments, you must be a Facebook member.
Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.