ARLINGTON, Va. – Halloween is meant to be scary, but not when it comes to driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), from 2013-2017, there were 158 people killed on Halloween night nationwide (6 p.m. October 31-5:59 a.m. November 1). In 2017, there were 11 vehicle occupants and three pedestrians killed in drunk-driving crashes on Halloween night in the United States. The Arlington County Police Department is reminding citizens that nothing is scarier on Halloween night than an impaired driver. Don’t let drunk driving haunt your celebrations – if you plan to drink, designate a sober driver, whether it’s a friend, relative, taxi, rideshare or public transportation.
On Friday, October 25, police are hosting a Halloween anti-drunk driving event to highlight the impact that alcohol has on motor skills. This free event is open to the public and will take place at the intersection of N. Hudson Street and Wilson Boulevard, beginning at 8:00 p.m.
The police department will conduct the following road closures from approximately 7:00 PM until 11:00 PM to accommodate this event:
- N. Hudson Street between Wilson Boulevard and 13th Street N.
Motorists should be on the lookout for temporary “No Parking” signs in the area. Illegally parked vehicles may be ticketed or towed. If your vehicle is towed from a public street, call the Emergency Communications Center at 703-558-2222.
Arrive Home Safely Using WRAP’s SoberRide® Program
As you continue your celebrations on Saturday evening, WRAP’s 2019 Halloween SoberRide® program, in partnership with Lyft, will be offered from 10:00 p.m. Saturday, October 26, until 4:00 a.m. Sunday, October 27, 2019. To use this service download the Lyft app to your phone and enter the applicable code in the app’s ‘Promo’ section. Valid for up to $15 off one ride home taken in Lyft’s Washington, D.C. coverage area. WRAP’s Halloween SoberRide® promo code will be posted at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 26, 2019.
Trick-or-Tweet on Halloween Night
Additionally, the police department will participate in a Halloween trick-or-tweet along on the evening of Wednesday, October 31. Motorists are reminded to avoid distractions, use caution and be aware of increased pedestrian traffic as children and guardians trick-or-treat that evening. Follow along with the police department’s haunts during trick-or-tweet by following us on Twitter and Facebook.