Halloween deadlier than New Years' Eve for drunk driving

Chris Miller
October 31, 2017 - 8:56 am

Halloween night is when we pretend to be ghastly creatures who have come back from the dead, but the holiday has become a night of real death, caused by drunken driving. Halloween is even deadlier than New Year's for fatal drunk driving crashes, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

Louisiana is no exception, said State Trooper Melissa Matey.

"Last year, 11 people lost their lives," said Matey. "Six of those were alcohol related, as compared to New Years' Eve, where you had seven deaths, which five were alcohol related."

Matey said it's important for Halloween revelers to make the same kinds of plans they would for other big party holidays -- make use of a cab, Uber or Lyft, or have a designated driver who doesn't touch a drop all night.

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