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Drinking can turn Halloween into a real nightmare!

October is one of the worst months in Tennessee for highway fatalities, so APSU Police Chief Lantz Biles has joined city and county police officers and the Tennessee Highway Patrol in cautioning against drinking and driving. Biles said, With more than half of the nations alcohol-related traffic fatalities occurring over Halloween weekend, we are launching a strong push this Halloween season to remind party-goers to never drink and drive -- and to always remember to designate a sober driver.
October is one of the worst months in Tennessee for highway fatalities, so APSU Police Chief Lantz Biles has joined city and county police officers and the Tennessee Highway Patrol in cautioning against drinking and driving. Biles said, “With more than half of the nation's alcohol-related traffic fatalities occurring over Halloween weekend, we are launching a strong push this Halloween season to remind party-goers to never drink and drive -- and to always remember to designate a sober driver.

• Americans who drive while impaired during Halloween make it one of the year's most dangerous and deadliest holidays due to alcohol-related crashes.
• Impaired driving is no accident — nor is it “a victimless crime.”
• In 2003, 53 percent of all highway fatalities at Halloween were alcohol-related — with 45 percent of the total fatalities involving a drunk driver with a blood-alcohol concentration level of 0.08 or higher — the legal limit in all states and the District of Columbia.
• The nightmare of drinking and driving impaired does not end at the tragic death, disfigurement, disability and injury caused by impaired drivers.
• If you're caught and arrested for driving impaired, you face serious consequences and significant costs.
• NHTSA estimates that highway crashes cost society $230.6 billion a year, about $820 per person.
Biles urges everyone to plan ahead and designate a sober driver before Halloween. He says:
• If impaired, use mass transit, call a cab or ask a sober friend to get you home.
• If all else fails, just stay where you are and sleep it off.
• Always buckle up — it's still your best defense against an impaired driver.
• If you are hosting a party, make sure all of your guests leave with a sober drive

To stress how deadly serious it is to drive while impaired, Biles said that statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for 2004 show that nearly 13,000 people died in highway crashes involving a driver or a motorcycle operator with an illegal blood alcohol concentration level of 0.08 or higher.
For more information, go to www.StopImpairedDriving.org.