Drunk driving is a reality in New Jersey, and Halloween night is no exception. Every Halloween, people are out at holiday parties and trick or treating with friends. But what if somebody decides to get behind the wheel drunk because they decided to stay out and drink far too much? Other drivers and pedestrians could be at risk. This is why, all across the nation, an initiative know as “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” has taken flight to prevent accidents happening all year round and on Halloween night. Halloween night is supposed to be a night of fun, but this can unfortunately be interrupted by drunk driving.
How Big is the Problem?
In New Jersey, a person is guilty of drunk driving when they operate a motor vehicle with a BAC of 0.08% or greater. Every day, 28 people will die from drunk driving and this risk increases around the holidays such as Halloween because people are out enjoying parties with friends or spending time at the bar. Drunk driving not only harms people and causes possibly fatalities, but also costs the United States about $132 billion a year.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration created “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” as a way for people to realize the dangers of DUI as well as have one more reason to find public transportation or another way home besides getting behind the wheel impaired and risking people’s lives. In New Jersey, this initiative is taken very seriously. This is why police officers will be watching the roads surrounding Halloween and taking care to watch for drunk driving that puts drivers and pedestrians at risk.
This Halloween, choose not to get behind the wheel drunk. Do not risk your own life or the lives of others.