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DATE:             October 27, 2008


Don't Let Your Holiday Turn Into a Fright.

Look Both Ways This Halloween Night!


Halloween holiday pedestrian injuries greater than any other period last year  


Indianapolis, IN. - As the first official celebration of fall, Halloween is a time enjoyed by young and old alike.  Unfortunately, the fun can turn scary when an irresponsible driver takes the wheel.  To ensure the safety of all those who travel Indiana roadways this Halloween, the Governor's Council on Impaired & Dangerous Driving reminds motorists to be aware of pedestrian traffic and take extra precautions against driving while distracted or impaired.


According to the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI), more pedestrians were struck during the 2007 Halloween holiday period (Friday, Oct. 26, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. to Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007 at 5:59 a.m.) than any other time last year.  A total of 47 pedestrians were involved in pedestrian-vehicle collisions during this six day timeframe.  Not surprisingly, more than one-third of those people were under the age of 18.  Research from Safe Kids Worldwide indicates that children are more than twice as likely to be hit and killed by a vehicle on Halloween, than on any other night of the year.  


With the increased amount of nighttime foot traffic that comes with the

Halloween holiday, particularly by children, motorists need to heighten

their awareness of pedestrians, said ICJI Executive Director, Neil Moore.  "Real-life Halloween nightmares are simple to avoid if precautions are taken to ensure the safety of everyone on the road, Moore continued.  


Because of dimly lit roadways and dark costumes, trick-or-treaters and

Party goers on foot can be difficult to see.  Drivers should especially watch for pedestrians where they wouldn't normally expect someone to be walking. Pedestrians are also urged to use caution when they travel.  Stay alert and remember to follow traffic safety rules by crossing at crosswalks and using sidewalks whenever possible.  


Adult partygoers are reminded to celebrate responsibly by designating a

sober driver before festivities begin.  Alcohol is often a contributing

factor to traffic collisions and Halloween is no exception.  In 2007,

Indiana reported 3,405 collisions and 12 fatalities during the six day

Halloween holiday period alone.  By following these simple steps, motorists can ensure a safer Halloween:       


      *     Remove costumes that can restrict your vision when driving;

      *     Watch for pedestrians on roadways and at intersections;

      *     Before drinking, designate a sober driver and give that

            person your keys;

      *     If you're impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or

            family member, or use public transportation to get home                                                                                                                        safely; and If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law

            enforcement or dial 911.


No matter how you choose to travel or celebrate this Halloween, plan ahead for safety before the party begins.


The Governor's Council on Impaired & Dangerous Driving serves as the public opinion catalyst for statewide action to reduce death and injury on Indiana roadways. The Council provides ongoing support to state and local traffic safety advocates.


CONTACT: Steven A. Stone

                   Public Information Officer