Each year, thousands of trick-or-treaters flock to the streets on Halloween night. Thousands of others head to local bars and restaurants to partake in the merry-making. Do not put yourself or another at risk by choosing to drink and drive. To help spread the message that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is teaming up with Missoula Area Law Enforcement to remind everyone of the dangers of drunk driving. Halloween poses a potentially dangerous threat to pedestrians, as more people are out at night on the hunt for candy. If your night involves alcohol, plan for a sober ride home. Remember: It is never safe to drink and get behind the wheel of a vehicle.
If you plan to head out for a night of Halloween partying, follow these simple tips for a safe and happy evening:
Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you have had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride sharing service to get home safely.
Have yourself dropped off at the establishment or party where you plan to celebrate.
Use Missoula’s safe ride options, they include Home Free Missoula, U-Dash, Uber, Lyft, Yellow Cab, Green Taxi and Mountain Line (until 9:45 P.M.)
If you see a drunk driver on the road, call 911.
Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and arrange to get your friend home safely.