Oct 28, 2022

ABC Encourages the Public to Celebrate Halloween Responsibly

Members of the public should work together to prevent alcohol-related harm

Sacramento – The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) reminds licensees and the public to be safe this Halloween by working together to reduce drunk driving. If you are a member of the public and choose to celebrate with alcohol, designate a sober driver, or use public transportation or a ride-hailing service to arrive at your location and return home safely. Licensees must stay alert and not over-serve alcoholic beverages or serve obviously intoxicated people.

“Too many Californians are killed or injured in alcohol-related crashes and incidents,” said ABC Director Eric Hirata. “ABC encourages everyone to make Halloween celebrations as safe as possible.”

ABC, along with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), recommend the following to stay safe on Halloween:

  • If you witness a drunk driver, call 911.
  • If you are hosting a party, make sure to provide non-alcoholic beverage options, offer plenty of food, and be ready to call a taxi, ride-hailing service, or provide sleeping accommodations for guests if they have been drinking.
  • If you are a pedestrian, remember to stay alert and use a buddy system to get home safely.

Funding for Halloween drunk driving prevention is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).


Additional information may be obtained by contacting:

Public Information Office
3927 Lennane Drive, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95834
Email: pio@abc.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 419-2525

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