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10-30-18 Halloween Safety

Hawaiʻi Police Department
Traffic Services Section
Program Manager Torey Keltner
Phone: (808) 961-2305




Media Release

The Hawai’i Police Department would like Halloween night to be a safe one for everyone enjoying the candy, costumes, and festivities. Tragically according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration drunk driving fatalities are on the rise. From 2012 to 2016 there were 168 drunk driving fatalities on Halloween night. 44 % of all people killed in motor vehicle crashes on Halloween night (6 p.m. October 31 -5:59 a.m. November 1), were in crashes involving a drunk driver. 

Children out trick-or-treating, and those accompanying them are also at risk, as 14% of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween night, (2012-2016), involved drunk drivers. Younger people are most at risk: The 21- to 34-year-old age group accounted for the most fatalities, (46%), in drunk-driving crashes on Halloween night in 2016.


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