The Missouri Department of Transportation is asking motorists to use safe practices Thursday night. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Customer Relations Specialist Kelly Jackson:

Kelly Jackson

Press Release from the Missouri Department of Transportation

JEFFERSON CITY – A safe and sober ride after the party is the best treat you can give yourself and everyone else on the road this Halloween. The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety wants to remind motorists that law enforcement will be out in full force cracking down on impaired drivers that haven’t gotten the message to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

“Nationwide, Halloween is a particularly deadly holiday due to the high number of impaired drivers on the roads,” said Leanna Depue, executive committee chair for the coalition. “In 2012, three people died and four were seriously injured in Missouri traffic crashes over the Halloween holiday.”

To avoid real-life Halloween horrors, remember the following:

· Before the Halloween festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night.
· Always designate a sober driver.
· If you are impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
· Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Designate a sober friend to walk you home.
· If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement.
· If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take the keys and help them make safe travel arrangements.

With impaired driving, there’s no trick and there’s no treat. Whether you have had one too many or are way over the limit, impaired driving is not worth causing a traffic crash, serious injury, or even death. Missouri law makes it clear that driving while impaired has scary consequences.

For more information on highway safety, go to saveMOlives.com. You can also follow SaveMOLives on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, #saveMOlives, drivesoberMO and #ArriveAlive.