With Halloween falling on a Friday this fall,
AAA is warning that can lead to what it calls a "frightening"
spike in the number of drunk driving deaths.
The auto club cites federal highway statistics that show the
number of motor vehicle fatalities increases an average of 30
percent when Halloween falls on a weekend compared to other days of
the week. And it says nearly half of those fatal crashes are
AAA is urging both partygoers and trick-or-treaters to make
plans to keep themselves safe. For trick-or-treaters and their
parents, they recommend bright, reflective costumes that make a
child easy to see, or short of that, adding reflective tape to
costumes or treat buckets. Among other precautions, AAA also
recommends bringing a flashlight with fresh batteries.
For those headed to parties, the auto club suggests planning a
travel route that avoids residential areas. It also says to make
sure the driver has not been drinking, or consider staying