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Halloween one of the deadliest days of the year for pedestrians

(Trick or treating in Hinesville and Long County is from 6-8 p.m.)

 With Halloween falling on a Wednesday, AAA is reminding evening commuters and other motorists to expect more pedestrians on the road, as millions of children and families across the country will be trick-or-treating through neighborhoods. Halloween ranks as one of the top three days of the year for pedestrian injuries and fatalities.

“This Wednesday, commuters will be driving home during the same time children and their families are out trick-or-treating,” said Garrett Townsend, Georgia public affairs director, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “AAA reminds motorists to put down distractions and help make the roads safe for everyone.”

AAA offers the following safety reminders for motorists:

Put it down. Avoid checking social media, sending text messages and talking on the phone while driving.

Drive slower through neighborhoods. Driving five miles per hour slower than the posted speed limit will give you extra time to react to children who dart out in front of you.

Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible – even in the daylight.

Drive sober. Nearly 40 percent of fatal crashes on Halloween night involve a drunk driver. Always designate a sober driver if you plan to drink any alcohol.

To help keep impaired drivers off the road this Halloween, AAA and Budweiser offer the Tow to Go program which is a free service for both AAA members and non-members that provides safe rides home for those who did not plan ahead.

Now in its 20th year, Tow to Go encourages the use of ride-share services or designated drivers to prevent impaired drivers from needlessly risking the lives of others. AAA and Budweiser team up to provide their Tow to Go program which has safely removed more than 25,000 impaired drivers from roads across the Southeast and the Midwest since 1998.

“For the safety of the many motorists and pedestrians who will be out on Halloween, it’s especially important for people to avoid driving while impaired,” said Townsend. “If you’re out and you see someone who shouldn’t get behind the wheel, calling Tow to Go is a great option.”

Tow to Go will be available Wednesday, Oct. 31 through 6 a.m. on Thursday, Nov.1. Tow to Go can be reached by calling (855) 2-TOW-2-GO or (855) 286-9246

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