Caution urged ahead of accident-prone Halloween weekend

Fatal accidents spike on Halloween weekend

ATLANTA -- Authorities are urging motorists to extra careful on the road heading into the upcoming holiday weekend. 

It was just a year before when four Morgan County children lost their parents in a car accident.

State Trooper Nathan Bradley made national headlines after waiting to break the news to the children until their grandmother arrived from Florida.

He later raised close to half a million dollars for the kids' education.

But tragedies like this are all far too common this time of year.

Many think of New Year's as a holiday that can be dangerous on the road. And while Halloween isn't as deadly as that particularly day, it can be dangerous for drivers.

Across the country, people are gearing up for tricks, treats and maybe getting a bit tipsy.

"I'm going out tonight with some friends," Mikkel Hyldebrandt said. "Maybe tomorrow night, too - but this is like my big night."

"It's going to be a good night," said another.

But for some it will be a good night with a bad outcome.

"Halloween has really become more of an adult holiday so you have a lot of parties; you have a lot of drinking on Halloween," Georgia Department of Transportation Spokesperson Natalie Dale said.

Parties combined with more pedestrians than normal can add up to a scary situation with or without costumes.

"We see more fatalities on this day on our roadways than anything surrounding it," Dale said. "So it's not the highest day of the year by any means but there's a definite spike."

Dale said ten years worth of data shows an increase in fatal wrecks right around Halloween and one study found fatalities nearly doubled.

Hyldebrandt said that statistic will not include him.

"When you have something like Uber, which is so convenient and so easy, that's what I do," he said.

State transportation officials agree that Uber, Lift or taxis are wiser choices than getting behind the wheel.

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