SOURCE: Automobile Club of Southern California

October 17, 2007 04:05 ET

Auto Club Reminds Halloween Partygoers to Select a Designated Driver

Drunk Drivers and Trick-or-Treaters Can Be a Deadly Combination on Halloween

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - October 17, 2007) - As Halloween approaches, the Automobile Club of Southern California reminds partygoers to select a designated driver prior to attending Halloween parties. While Halloween has long been known as a holiday for children, many adults now participate in the festivities. More than 28 percent of adults plan to throw or attend a Halloween party this year, according to the National Retail Federation.

The combination of partygoers and trick-or-treaters in neighborhoods can be dangerous with Halloween consistently one of the top-three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). More than half of all traffic fatalities on Halloween are alcohol-related.

"Halloween is a fun time for most, but the excitement of the night can easily cause people to forget about their safety," said Auto Club spokeswoman Carol Thorp. "It's essential that partygoers remember to select a designated driver prior to drinking during Halloween festivities. And, it's important all motorists show extra caution on Halloween. Slowing down and watching for trick-or-treaters can help ensure children make it home safely."

The Auto Club has several tips for motorists to help keep themselves and trick-or-treaters safe this Halloween:

--  Do not drive if you have been drinking; be sure to use a designated
    driver.
--  If you have been drinking, call a cab or have a sober friend or
    relative drive you home.
--  If you cannot find a safe ride home, stay where you are until you are
    completely sober.
--  If you are hosting a party, make sure your guests do not drive
    impaired.
--  When driving, be sure to watch your speed. Motorists should slow down
    as they drive through neighborhood areas, preferably five miles per hour
    less than the posted speed limit.
--  Watch carefully for children crossing the street. Children may not be
    paying attention to traffic and might cross mid-block or between parked
    cars. Motorists should scan far ahead in traffic to watch for children and
    try to anticipate their actions.
--  Look out for children in dark clothing. Children may be difficult to
    see if they are wearing dark costumes or masks. Be aware that masks may
    hinder a child's peripheral vision, and they may not be able to see a
    vehicle.
--  Pay close attention to all traffic signs, signals and markings.
    

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