If you plan on partying this Halloween, whether or not you will be partaking in an adult beverage or two, it’s important to know that 52 percent of all drunk driving fatalities occur on Halloween night. From 2007 to 2011, 172 people lost their lives in drunk driving related crashes on one of the most popular holidays in the nation.
There is nothing wrong with heading out in your best costume and celebrating with friends. What you don’t want to do is celebrate so hard that you aren’t able to get home safely. Worse would be to drink and get behind the wheel, putting not only yourself in danger but everyone else on the road.
According to statistics, young men between the ages of 21 and 34 are most at risk of being involved in a car accident due to buzzed or drunk driving. During 2011 and beyond, this age group comprised almost half of all drunk drivers who lost their lives in alcohol-related crashes. Because the holiday is so popular and because traffic collisions are so prevalent, law enforcement agencies around the country will be stepping up patrols.
By planning ahead, you can avoid turning the road into your own scary story. Before the party begins, find a way to get home at the end of the night. You may choose to designate a sober driver, load an app like Uber onto your phone, or decide to use public transportation. You may also choose to spend the night at your host’s house once the party has ended.
Drinking and driving on Halloween is a dangerous choice. You will be putting yourself and others in a potentially deadly situation. There is nothing that says you can’t go out and enjoy yourself on Halloween, but you do have to go about it safely. You don’t want your party to turn into an event that has lifelong consequences.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Charlotte or the surrounding area, call our team of accident attorneys. We are happy to help you schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation at which time we will review your case and advise you of your options. Call now for assistance or browse our website for more information about our firm.