PennDOT reminds motorists ‘buzzed driving is drunk driving’

June 19th, 2015 9:14 am

First Posted: 10/30/2014

As the Halloween holiday kicks off, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is reminding drivers that one of the best choices one can make is to drive sober or designate a sober driver to get home safely.

“We want people to remember, like ‘Trick-or-Treat,’ ‘Drink-or-Drive,’” said Michael Taluto, in a PennDOT Safety Press Office statement. “One or the other, but never both.”

In 2012 alone, there were 10,322 people killed in drunk driving crashes, according to PennDOT, preventable deaths that happened when drunk drivers failed to plan ahead.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Halloween is a statistically dangerous night for drunk driving. In 2012, almost half (48%) of all crash fatalities that night involved a drunk driver.

PennDOT recommends these tips for a safe Halloween:

  • 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.
  • 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.