Most Halloween highway fatalities involve impaired drivers

Oct. 30, 2013 at 2:01 AM
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HIXSON, Texas, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- As more and more U.S. adults join in on Halloween fun at parties, physicians warn nearly 60 percent of Halloween highway fatalities involve impaired drivers.

American Family Care: Doctors Express Urgent Care, a privately owned urgent care operator, advises partying adults should be sure to have a designated driver. In addition, reduce any distractions inside the car, such as talking on the phone or eating, so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

AFC: Doctors Express also recommends eating dinner or a snack before heading to a costume party. Overindulging in alcoholic beverages and candy can lead to sickness and vomiting on an empty stomach.

Don't wear decorative contact lenses unless you have seen an eye care professional and have gotten a proper lens fitting and instructions for using the lenses. The decorative lenses make the wearer's eyes appear to glow in the dark, create the illusion of vertical "cat eyes," or change the wearer's eye color.

For partygoers and party throwers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends to:

-- Look for the warning label to avoid juice that hasn't been pasteurized or otherwise processed, especially packaged juice products that may have been made on site. Always ask if you are unsure if a juice product is pasteurized or not.

-- Look for party juices at your grocer. Juice found in the frozen food case, refrigerated section, or on the shelf in boxes, bottles, or cans at a supermarket are usually pasteurized.

-- Before bobbing for apples -- a favorite Halloween game -- reduce the amount of bacteria that might be on apples by thoroughly rinsing them under cool running water. As an added precaution, use a produce brush to remove surface dirt.

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