The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their Halloween-themed anti-drunk driving campaign. Although Halloween can be a fun-filled family holiday with plenty of candy and costumes, it's not without risk on roadways in North Carolina and across the nation. According to the NHTSA, Halloween drunk-driving crash fatalities are on the rise. In 2011, there were 17 Halloween drunk-driving fatalities on U.S. roadways. In 2015, there were 55 deaths. The number of drunk driving fatalities on Halloween has been steadily increasing on an annual basis. This year, the NHTSA is reminding partygoers that buzzed driving is drunk driving too.
On Monday, a North Carolina State Highway Patrol Officer was injured when a suspected drunk driver struck his vehicle. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened along the side of Interstate 95 near Fayetteville. At the time of the crash, the trooper was beside I-95 investigating another wreck. The suspected drunk driver slammed into his cruiser, which struck him and tossed him into the air. He landed on his back beside the roadway. The tow truck driver and another driver were also injured in the crash.