NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


October 28, 2005

With Halloween approaching, National Transportation Safety Board Acting Chairman Mark Rosenker is urging everyone to keep safety in the forefront. "With children trick-or- treating on the streets after dark, we need to exercise extra care to avoid turning what should be a fun-filled evening into a nightmare tragedy."

Halloween consistently is now one of the top days when pedestrian fatalities and injuries occur. It also is a time when the number of alcohol-related road accidents show a significant increase.

Motorists need to be alert, to slow down (particularly in residential areas), and drive carefully. It is also important for motorists and passengers to buckle-up. Seat belts are the best defense against drunk drivers.

For adults who may need a safe way home, the "SoberRide" programs in Austin, TX, Boston, MA, Denver, CO, Los Angeles, CA, and Washington, DC, will provide a free taxi ride. Similar programs are often available in other areas.

NTSB Office of Public Affairs: (202) 314-6100



The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.