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Originally published: 2012-10-29 12:05:13
Last modified: 2012-10-29 12:07:59

Our View: Keep scares in Halloween, off the street

Halloween is frightening by default, but add alcohol and a possible wintry weather mix and the scares could add up to serious harm or damage.

While there's little that can be done about the impending weather, local authorities are attempting to curb drinking and driving during the Halloween season. Now through Oct. 31, the Governor's Highway Safety Program will enforce a "Halloween Booze It & Lose It" campaign in the High Country and throughout the state.

The plan behind the campaign is to remove drunk drivers from our streets, and it's a necessary one -- in 2011, 388 people died in alcohol-related wrecks in North Carolina and more than 10,000 accidents involving drunk driving were reported.

But a better plan is to stay off the road altogether if you've been drinking. That's important every day, but especially so this week, when our little ghosts and goblins will be visiting house-to-house, and with traffic safety not always as much in mind as it should be.

Braving the possibility of bone-chilling temperatures, high winds and wet weather are scary enough obstacles for our Halloween participants. They don't also need to contend with impaired drivers. 

A personal zero-tolerance for drinking and driving will do the trick this week in ensuring that our children are treated to a fun and safe Halloween.