POCOMOKE CITY, Md.— On Halloween people will be participating in traditional events like carving pumpkins, passing out candy, and often drinking alcohol.
As preparations begin for the holiday, Chief Kelvin Swell and members of the Pocomoke City Police Department are reminding drivers to be cautious and sober behind the wheel.
The Police Department also stated “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.”
In 2012, more than 10,322 people died in drunk-driving crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that 48 percent of crashes on Halloween in 2012 were due to drunk drivers.
Swell recommends these basic tips for a safe holiday:
· Before the Halloween festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night.
· Always designate a sober driver.
· If you are drunk, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
· Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Designate a sober friend to walk you home.
· If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement, it's your responsibility.
If you know someone who is about to drive or ride impaired, take their keys and help them make safe travel arrangements to where they are going.