JEFFERSON CITY, MO - As party-going ghouls and Lady Gagas celebrate Halloween, the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety reminds everyone that a little planning and creativity can keep this holiday firmly in the treat category.
"This weekend is a time for imagination and fun," said Leanna Depue, chair of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety's executive committee. "If your celebration plans include alcohol, take a few minutes to create a safe transportation plan. Who will be the designated driver? Just in case that plan falls through, be sure to add a taxi company to your speed-dial list."
Unfortunately, Halloween's unwelcome horrors include crashes caused by impaired drivers.
Last year in Missouri two people were killed and 43 seriously injured in traffic crashes during the Halloween weekend. Of those killed and seriously injured, 53 percent were unbuckled and 22 percent involved an impaired driver.
A smartphone app, Show Me My Buzz, can help convince reluctant partiers to hand over the keys. Enter a person's gender and information about the drinks consumed to calculate an estimated blood alcohol concentration. Find links to download Show Me My Buzz for iPhone and Android systems at www.modot.mo.gov/safety/ImpairedDriving.htm.
When behind the wheel, keep special watch for children and other revelers who might walk onto the road. If walking, make yourself as visible as possible and keep in mind that drivers might not see you because of exceptionally spooky distractions.
For more motorist and pedestrian safety information, visit http://www.savemolives.com/.
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