California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Offers Halloween Safety Tips

Press Release


The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC)  and the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), are reminding Californians to celebrate Halloween responsibly. Halloween should be a fun night for kids and adults, by planning ahead, abiding by the rules of the road and driving sober, everyone can enjoy a safe night out.

There has been an uptick in drunk-driving related crashes. There are no excuses for driving impaired. There are so many options to get home safely.

ABC in partnership with OTS strives to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze,” but also includes prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving warning on the label, and marijuana, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs.

Here are some tips for drivers, party-goers and parents out with trick-or-treaters Halloween night:

  • Avoid driving through residential areas where trick-or-treaters are likely to be. This is a night with heavy foot traffic and another reason to slow down, be extra cautious and obey all traffic signs and signals.
  • Watch for children in costumes that may be harder to see at night. Look out for trick-or-treaters who may cross the street mid-block, or from behind parked cars.
  • Decide before going out whether you plan to drink or drive. You can’t do both.
  • If you plan to drink, designate a sober driver, take a cab, ride-share or public transit. Anything that doesn’t involve you getting behind the wheel.
  • Party hosts: Offer non-alcoholic drinks to designated drivers and don’t allow anyone who may be impaired to leave.
  • Parents should plan their trick-or-treat route ahead of time and avoid busy streets.
  • Have your children wear visible costumes that are easy to walk in and see. Light-colored costumes are best. Use retro-reflective tape.
  • Carry a flashlight so drivers can see you.

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