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OSP And ODOT Urge Caution On Halloween
Oregon State Police reminds all drivers that night can be a dangerous time to be on the road in Oregon, but Halloween night can be one of the deadliest of the year for crashes involving impaired drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2010, 41 percent of all highway fatalities on Halloween night, October 29th involved a driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.
ODOT’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System reported no traffic fatalities in Oregon during Halloween night over the last three years. FARS statistics between 1998 and 2008 tell a scarier story as 90 percent of ten fatalities on Halloween night in Oregon occurred in alcohol and/or drug-involved traffic crashes. During the last two Halloween nights, OSP troopers arrested 8 DUI drivers each night. The numbers tell a different story when Halloween fell on a Saturday night in 2009; troopers then arrested 34 DUI drivers, which is why law enforcement agencies are concerned about this weekend when many Halloween parties may happen.
ODOT, OSP and local law enforcement agencies offer these simple reminders for a safer Halloween: For all drivers: slow down in residential neighborhoods and obey all traffic signs and signals. Slow down on streets where there are no sidewalks and children are walking on or near street and shoulder of the road. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and cautiously. Have child passengers enter and exit cars on the curb side, away from traffic.