Halloween is meant to be Scary, but not when it comes to Impaired Driving

LIBERTY, October 4, 2016 – Halloween is a particularly deadly night due to the high number of drunk drivers on the road. In 2015, Texas lost 36 motorists from Friday, Oct. 30, through Sunday, Nov. 1. The Halloween weekend alcohol-related crash fatalities totaled to 12 Texans losing their lives on our roadways.

Texas law enforcement officers remind drivers that they will be out in force looking for drunk drivers. If you do not drive sober, you will get pulled over. Young men are particularly at risk of being involved in a traffic crash as a result of “buzzed” or drunk driving.

“With drunk driving, there’s no trick and there’s no treat,” said Alexis Cordova, AgriLife Extension agent for Liberty County. “We want all of our residents to remember that Halloween is about kids and trick-or-treating — not about seeing how much alcohol they can drink.”

Driving while impaired is a crime that seriously risks your safety and the safety of those around you. Whether you have had one too many or are way over the limit, drunk driving is not worth causing a traffic crash, serious injury, or worse — death.

The legal and financial costs of driving while impaired can be significant. Drunk driving violators often face jail time, the loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates, use of an ignition interlock, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, and lost wages due to time off from work.

Plan ahead so that you don’t turn the roads into a real-life horror show. If you are going to a party, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night.

For information on free alcohol awareness programs available through the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Watch UR BAC program in College Station, visit: www.watchurbac.tamu.edu, or call 979-862-1911. For additional local programs, please contact the Liberty County Extension Office located at 501 Palmer Ave. in Liberty or call (936)334-3230.

 
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