The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission is warning motorists that driving while intoxicated during the Halloween holiday can be a much scarier situation than any spooky costume or haunted house.


The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission is warning motorists that driving while intoxicated during the Halloween holiday can be a much scarier situation than any spooky costume or haunted house.

In 2009, five of the six people killed on Louisiana roads during the Halloween holiday were involved in alcohol-related crashes.

“Halloween costume parties in homes and bars have become very popular for adults,” said Lt. Col. John LeBlanc, executive director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. “Those traveling to and from Halloween parties should be especially cautious on our roads. Do not drink and drive and watch out for children who are out trick-or-treating.”

In Louisiana, 48 percent of the highway deaths in 2009 were alcohol-related, which is considerably higher than the national average. Louisiana also had a high rate of pedestrian fatalities, with 109 pedestrians killed in 2009. Almost half of those deaths occurred during evening hours.

The LHSC offers tips for motorists to keep this Halloween safe and enjoyable for everyone.
• Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.

• If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.
• If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact your local law enforcement.

• If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take his keys and help make other arrangements for him to get where he is going safely.

• Drive slowly and watch for children crossing the streets.
• Enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully.

• Be especially alert for children darting out between parked vehicles and from behind bushes and shrubs.