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Automoblog In-Depth: The terrible reality of Halloween

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The scariest thing about this Halloween season has nothing to do with the latest biometrics on Netflix. While a sugar-free treat is a treat for kids and families, once the porch lights go out and the real fancy dress party begins, things get more dangerous. Automoblog In-Depth : La terrible réalité d'Halloween

"We don't discourage having together during Halloween because it's a fun time not only for kids but also for adults," explained Special First Lt. Jim Flegel, Traffic Safety Specialist, Illinois Police. State of Michigan. "What we encourage is designating a sober driver so you don't get behind the wheel drunk and endanger your life or someone else's life."

Hard Facts

Cold realities

Awareness & Prevention

Tips & Advice

National Safety Council Safety Tips

Safety tips for mothers against drunk driving

Michigan State Police Safety Tips

Hard Facts

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 10,479 people are killed each year in alcohol-related crashes, which equates to 29 deaths per day and one death every 50 minutes. These incidents often increase during the holidays; for example, a recent study by Geotab revealed that the 4th of July is the most dangerous day on American roads. This same study also found that Labor Day, New Year's Eve and Halloween are also risky travel days. However, compared to other holidays, Halloween is becoming more and more problematic.

"I've seen this change literally before my eyes over the past decade," said Doug Scoles, Great Lakes Regional Director, MADD. "We've always been preoccupied with New Years Eve, the 4th of July, St. Patrick's Day and even the Super Bowl, but Halloween has become one of the most dangerous times of the year with impaired drivers on the road."

< p>Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that fatal crashes involving drunk drivers occur three times more often on Halloween than on New Year's Eve. MADD calls the aforementioned holidays, such as Halloween, “second-tier holidays” but advises caution.

"They've grown strong over the past two decades because there's a lot of celebration around this second-tier holiday now," Scoles added. "Partying with alcohol these days is the same central problem that we have in virtually all impaired driving cases."

According to the NHTSA, about a quarter of teenage car crashes involve underage drinking. 95% of the 14 million people dependent on alcohol started drinking before the age of 21.

cold realities

National Safety Council data shows 107 deaths occurred on October 31, 2016. Further analysis shows that 66 were drivers, 17 were occupants, 23 were pedestrians and one was a cyclist. Unfortunately, nine of the occupants were 20 years old or younger, and two of the pedestrians killed were children between the ages of four and seven. When walking through our neighborhoods with toddlers, it is essential to consider risk.

"Kids are super excited and love going door to door buying candy, and they don't always pay attention to cars," Flegel said. “Always make sure they are visible; have them wear a light type or wear a brightly colored type of clothing. »

The Michigan State Police recommends that parents talk to their children about traffic enforcement. Flegel suggests going door-to-door with your kids on Halloween to keep them from inadvertently running down the street. MADD advises parents to remain vigilant and understand the risks that exist in each neighborhood for a motorist to be intoxicated. Research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that adults drive while intoxicated approximately 121 million times per year, creating more than 300,000 drinking and driving incidents per day. Automoblog In-Depth : La terrible réalité d'Halloween

“The last thing we want is for a tragedy to happen. when it should be a fun time for kids to dress up and get candy,” Scoles said. “We recommend that you take extra precautions to protect children and that parents are always very aware of their surroundings.”

When making treats with your children, always keep an eye on them and be aware of your surroundings.

Awareness & Prevention

The real tragedy in the aforementioned statistics is how they represent a person; a person who was loved and cherished by someone else. Each number could just as well represent a person in our own life that we love and love. And it's likely that anyone reading this knows this pain all too well. If you are that person, we cannot imagine the emptiness you must feel.

"It's not like a disease or an act of terrorism where you're caught off guard and have no choice," Scoles said. "It's something we can prevent because the decision to drive under the influence is made deliberately."

In Michigan where I live, history is a two-sided coin. For one thing, Michigan State Police have seen a decrease in drunk driving, and the department is optimistic that it will continue. On the other hand, the news is not so good, as drug-impaired driving continues to rise.

“We've done a pretty good job of educating the public about not driving when you're intoxicated by alcohol. "Said Flegel. "Unfortunately over the last year there has been a drastic increase in driving under the influence of drugs, so we want to make it clear that you shouldn't drive when you're impaired. by other drugs, which may include prescription drugs."

< p>“Our messaging, public awareness and enforcement assistance programs play an important role in removing impaired drivers from the road,” added Scoles. “We are fighting drunk and drugged driving to save lives and prevent this tragedy from happening.”

According to the National Retail Federation, nearly 180 million Americans will celebrate Halloween this year. Seven out of ten plan to give out candy.

Tips & Advice

NHTSA provides these tips for drivers and pedestrians to consider on Halloween night. The CDC has published a list of general safety practices that parents and guardians should follow when performing a sleight of hand. We have advice from the Michigan State Police, National Safety Council and MADD below. The advice is relevant not only for Halloween night, but in general in our everyday life.

"Nobody wakes up in the morning and says they're going to have a car accident today," Flegel said. "But as a driver, you must always maintain control of your vehicle at all times."

Carl Anthony is the editor of Automoblog and resides in Detroit, Michigan. He studies mechanical engineering at Wayne State University, serves on the board of the Ally Jolie Baldwin Foundation and is a loyal fan of the Detroit Lions.

National Safety Council Safety Tips

Carefully enter and exit aisles.

Attach reflective tape to costumes and candy bags.

Agree on a specific time for the children to come home.

Teach your children never to enter a stranger's house or car. Automoblog In-Depth : La terrible réalité d'Halloween

Watch out for children walking on roads, paths and sidewalks.

At dusk and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing.

Instruct children to travel only in familiar, well-lit areas and to stay with their friends.

Safety tips for mothers against drunk driving

Designate a sober driver.

Use a taxi or ride-sharing service.

Plan ahead if your night includes alcohol.

Fasten your seatbelt: it's the best defense against an impaired driver.

MADD Victim Helpline: 1-877-MADD-HELP (24 hours / 7 days Yes a week).

Michigan State Police Safety Tips

Obey the highway code and traffic signs.

Pay attention to the steering wheel at all times.

Remove all distractions in the car, including cell phones.

Allow plenty of time when crossing a street or intersection.

Use sidewalks when available and never cross the street in the middle of a block.

Cross streets at the corner, using traffic lights and crosswalks whenever possible.

Always pull over to the edge of a parked car, curb, or vehicle before exiting into traffic.

Wear reflective clothing and a flashlight when walking at night or early in the morning.


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