Most people enjoy celebrating Halloween with family, friends, food and fun! For some people, ‘fun’ includes alcohol consumption.
However, the Halloween season is quickly becoming one of the scariest and deadliest holidays for driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 41 percent of all Halloween highway fatalities across the nation involve the driver of a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. The legal limit for a DUI in every state of the U.S. is .08 BAC for drivers 21 years of age and older.
When drinking and driving occurs on Halloween, it is particularly dangerous since thousands of pedestrians are walking the streets during the evening hours in search of treats. That’s why the NHTSA has declared October 25th through November 4th Halloween Impaired Driving Prevention Days.
Law enforcement officers across the country will be out in full force this Halloween looking for impaired drivers among the witches, goblins and zombies roaming the streets. If you really want to be scared this Halloween, try getting pulled over by a police officer who suddenly appears out of no where!
The consequences for a DUI this Halloween are more frightening than a room full of hungry zombies headed your way! Fines, jail time, loss of driving privileges, attorney costs, car towing and repairs and ignition interlock installation and monitoring fees are just a few of the expenses you’ll need to pay.
Remember these important tips this Halloween to keep yourself, your friends and your family safe from a drunk driving nightmare:
- Plan ahead with a designated driver.
- If you feel buzzed, do not drive!
- If you know someone who is about to drive drunk, take the keys and help the person get home safely.
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact your local police department.
Have a Happy Halloween!