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Tennessee Highway Patrol announces Halloween Enforcement
Posted By News Staff On Friday, October 26, 2012 @ 10:00 pm In News | No Comments
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Highway Patrol will plan for increased visibility and enforcement efforts on Halloween to ensure a safe and happy holiday for all Tennesseans.
Last year in Tennessee, no one was killed on Halloween between midnight, October 31st, 2011, through 6:00am, November 1st, 2011. That compares to one person killed in one crash on Halloween during the same time period in 2010.
“There is typically a dramatic increase in pedestrian traffic on Halloween. We want to remind motorists to slow down and watch for children on all roadways. Halloween should be a time for good family fun. However, children, parents and motorists must remember that safety comes first,” Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons said.According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA), 115 child pedestrian fatalities occurred on Halloween over a 21-year period (1990-2010). That is an average of 5.5 fatalities each year on October 31st. Thirty-two percent of the child pedestrian fatalities occurred with children ages 12-15, while children ranges five through eight accounted for 23 percent of the fatalities.
As of October 26th, there have been 51 pedestrian fatalities in Tennessee in 2012. That’s 18 fewer pedestrian deaths compared to this same time last year. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that the number of deaths among young pedestrians (ages 5-14) is four times higher on Halloween evening than any other evening of the year. Thirty-eight percent of all young (under age 16) pedestrian fatalities occurred between 3:00pm and 7:00pm, and alcohol involvement – either for the driver or pedestrian – was reported in 48 percent of traffic crashes that resulted in pedestrian fatalities.
“We will also be conducting increased patrols and using other enforcement techniques to look for aggressive or impaired drivers,” THP Colonel Tracy Trott said. “Partygoers should plan ahead, designate a sober driver. Don’t make the poor decision to get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking. Our goal is to keep children safe from those who blatantly disobey the law this Halloween,” he added.
During the 2010 Halloween period, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 41 percent of all highway fatalities throughout the nation involved a driver or a motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 grams per deciliter or higher.
This year, Miller Lite Free Rides will be offered on 20 MTA bus routes beginning at 8:00pm and running until at least 1:00am that night. More information on the Miller Lite Free Rides™ program can be found at www.millerlitefreerides.com .
Halloween safety tips for parents, children and motorists are listed below.
Tips for Motorists
Tips for Parents
Tips for Pedestrians (children and adults)
The Tennessee Department of Safety’s mission is (www.TN.Gov/safety)  to ensure the safety and general welfare of the public. The department encompasses the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Office of Homeland Security and Driver License Services. General areas of responsibility include law enforcement, safety education, motorist services and terrorism prevention.
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