Editorial

On this fun and spooky night, drive with care

Halloween is dangerous for child pedestrians — so watch the road and don’t drive impaired

October 31, 2013 

Rick "The Village Wizard" Bruce leads Halloween trick-or-treaters through West Village in Cambrian in 2007. This year's walk is set for 3:30 p.m. Oct. 31.

MERLE BASSETT — Special to The Cambrian

At the risk of sounding like Halloween Scrooge, we’re going to pass on a sobering statistic: Halloween is the deadliest night of the year for child pedestrians. It makes sense, then, that local law enforcement agencies are cracking down on drunken drivers tonight. The DUI task force will deploy additional patrols tonight to stop and arrest impaired drivers.

That’s welcome news. With excited children wandering the streets at night, Halloween presents a challenge for fully alert motorists. If adriver’s heading over to a party after first having a few beers or a couple of glasses of wine, the results can be deadly.

Young trick-or-treaters aren’t the only ones at risk; nearly half of all drunken drivers killed in car crashes nationwide during the 2011 Halloween period were young men between 21 and 34.

If you are planning to party tonight, follow these tips from the San Luis Obispo County DUI Task Force:

• Before the Halloween festivities begin, plan a way to get home safely at the end of the night.

• Always designate a sober driver.

• If you are impaired, take a taxi, call asober friend or family member or use public transportation.

• Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as drunken driving. Designate asober friend to walk you home.

• Use your community’s sober ride program — SLO SafeRide, 620-7233.

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