No Trick or Treat – Avoid a Halloween DUI

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No Trick or Treat – Avoid a Halloween DUI

Halloween is celebrated by school children and adults alike. However, it is a little known fact that when it comes to adult Halloween celebrations, the playful and ghoulish festivities give rise to as many Halloween DUI arrests as other equally convivial holidays. This fact may be underscored this year given that October 31st falls on a Saturday night.

According to national statistics compiled by MADD and other traffic safety organizations, drunk and drugged driving incidents increase exponentially when holidays fall on the weekend.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) this phenomenon is particularly true when the holiday is celebrated on the weekend. National databases confirm that the highest numbers of drunk driving arrests occur after midnight on Saturday nights. This, of course, is not a surprise when the police know that most bars close at 2:00 a.m.

So if you are planning on celebrating Halloween this year with adult libations, keep in mind that police departments will be out in force looking to stop and arrest drunk drivers for a Halloween DUI.

The best way to avoid becoming a statistic and being added to the national databases of drunk driving arrests is to plan in advance and use common sense. Remember, to be forewarned is to be forearmed! Halloween may be scary for children. But nothing can be more frightening to an adult than being “lit up” by a police officer on the way home from a Halloween party after consuming a little too much witches’ brew.

Adult Halloween DUI Safety Precautions

  • An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Plan your celebration ahead of time.

  • If you are going to be imbibing with friends, select a designated driver.

  • If you are going solo, make arrangements to use Uber or a similar service.

  • Friends don’t let friends drive drunk. That’s more than a cliche. It’s common sense. Don’t be afraid to be a friend if someone you know has had too much to drink.

But remember, if despite your best laid plans you or someone you know gets arrested for drunk or drugged driving, contact an experienced Michigan DUI defense attorney as soon as possible.

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