LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – The scariest night of the entire year is Wednesday.
But according to the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, Halloween in Louisiana can be just as scary on the roads.
According to stats from the Louisiana Highway Safety Research Group at LSU, every year since 2005, Halloween in Louisiana has ranked first or second among holidays with the most vehicle crashes that hurt or kill people.
State Police say they’ll be cracking down on the roadways, to ensure the roads aren’t as scary as the costumes.
At the 8th annual Halloween Block Party in Basile, you could see kids in costumes galore.
But one thing is still a top priority for city officials.
“Safety is obviously the number one concern for us,” said Mark Denette, Mayor of Basile.
He says all the streets surrounding the block party were barricaded to ensure the safety of participants.
“We barricade them an hour early before the event starts, so then we don’t have any traffic coming through,” said Denette.
“Obviously around Louisiana we have a lot of drinking and driving that go on during the holiday season. And Mardi Gras and Halloween seem to be one of those times,” said State Police Trooper Thomas Gossen.
According to the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, last year in Louisiana, 878 people were injured and 10 people were killed in vehicle crashes during the ‘Halloween period.’
Those were the lowest Halloween numbers in 5 years in Louisiana.
It’s a combination of distracted or impaired drivers and trick-or-treat pedestrians at night…
“If you’ve had one drink, one drink at all, it will impair your judgment. So we want to encourage you guys to have a plan, have a designated driver, do not get behind the wheel,” said Gossen.
State Police say that they along with local law enforcement agencies, will be extra vigilant for drunk drivers.
They also urge all drivers to look closely for trick-or-treaters walking at night.
“As a walker, we want to encourage those guys to use a sidewalk whenever available, walk on the edge of the roadways when you can. And if it’s dark, wear reflective clothing if possible, or use a flashlight or glow sticks to be more visible,” said Gossen.
Lisa Freeman, Louisiana Highway Safety Commission Executive Director, said during Halloween in 2017 in Louisiana, 3 people were killed and 61 were injured in crashes involving drunk drivers.
She says that by stopping an impaired driver, you are potentially saving the life of a child.