Buzzed Driving IS Drunk Driving This Halloween!
You should be afraid of what could happen to you if you choose to drink and drive this Halloween. In Pickaway County, law enforcement will be out stalking the roadways looking for anyone who chooses the scary act of drinking and driving. Halloween is great fun, and it is not just for kids anymore. Great Halloween parties can make great memories if you choose to be safe. Plan ahead, and designate a sober driver before the fun begins.
“Too many individuals may think they are able to drive when often they are not legal to be behind the wheel”, noted Sheriff Robert Radcliff. “When a person drinks alcohol, they may feel fine and decide to drive. As the alcohol metabolizes, the effects of the alcohol may become apparent. Once behind the wheel, the risks to the driver increases, as well as the risk to other innocent drivers on the road.”
Every year in America, thousands of people are killed by the selfish and preventable act of driving drunk. In 2012, drunk driving crashes made up nearly one-third of the total number of fatalities with 10,322 persons killed nationwide. And younger drivers, although alcohol use is illegal under the age of 21, made up the largest group of drivers that were involved in this type of fatal crash. Almost one-fifth of the younger drivers, or 18%, involved in a fatal crash were legally drunk.
As Pickaway County begins a new fiscal grant year, they will join other law enforcement officials in making sure the roadways in our community do not become frightful from drunk drivers. “Buzzed Driving IS Drunk Driving”, and remembering that “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk” can make this Halloween a little less scary on our roadways. For more traffic safety related information, visit the National Highway Traffic Administration at www.nhtsa.gov .