This week is National Teen Driver Safety Week.
Combined with the increase of deer on the roads during the fall and trick-or-treat nights, October is an excellent time to remind everyone to stay particularly alert.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 43 percent of all people killed in motor vehicle crashes on Halloween night from 2009 to 2013 were in crashes involving a drunk driver.
On Halloween night alone 119 people lost their lives over that same period. Children out trick-or-treating and the parents accompanying them are also at risk as 19 percent of fatal pedestrian crashes on Halloween night (2009-2013) involved drunk drivers. Drunk drivers accounted for 23 percent of fatal pedestrian crashes on Halloween night in 2013.