Booze It & Lose It: North Carolina Law Enforcement Looking for Drunk Drivers this Halloween
NORTH CAROLINA – According to an online news reports at clintonnc.com and wfmynews2.com, Monday, October 28, 2019 starts off the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Programs’ (NCGHSP) most recent anti-drunk driving initiative. The focus will not just be on cars but on foot traffic as well.*
Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the amount of pedestrian and bicycle deaths over the last year are at its peak since 1990. The director of the NCGHSP indicates that “[i]n every county, city and town there are a host of collision point opportunities due to population clusters where vehicles and pedestrians are coming in contact with each other, and Halloween increases those chances because so many people are out and about on one day.”
The “Booze It & Lose It” Halloween campaign joins forces with local and state law enforcement to target drunk drivers through education and enforcement. Authorities will be running sobriety checkpoints in 100 counties from October 28thto November 3rd. As part of their efforts, authorities are asking law enforcement, urban and rural community planners, and educators to raise awareness this Halloween as how to be a safer pedestrian, bicyclist and driver.
Many vehicle-pedestrian happen in similar places and in a similar manner. As a result, transportation experts offer pedestrians the following safety tips:
For pedestrians, it is important that you look in all directions before going across the street and if possible, cross at designated crosswalks or areas where you have the best view of traffic. Do not assume that a driver will be able to see you and stop in time to let you cross the roadway. Also, make sure that you are as visible as possible at night. Specifically, be sure to walk only in well-lit areas. You should also wear reflective material when walking in the dark as well as carry a flashlight so that drivers see you. It is also critical that you avoid distractions while walking, such as texting or talking on your cellphone. Additionally, always watch for cars that are backing out of a private driveway or parking spot. Lastly, only walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, always walk facing traffic and as far away from the road as possible.
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Source:https://www.clintonnc.com/news/43910/halloween-booze-it-lose-it-initiatives and https://www.wfmynews2.com/article/news/local/booze-it-lose-it-drunk-driving-north-carolina/83-48f64c07-3c6c-4ebc-a177-5f4f1c544c04