The Heat Is On Fall Festival enforcement may not technically cover October 31, but don’t think that means that the police will be lightening up on drunk driving enforcement. As you no doubt are aware by now, Halloween is just around the corner. What you might not have known is that Halloween is actually one of the top holidays for drunk driving arrests. This Halloween may prove to be record-shattering, given that Halloween falls on a Saturday night.
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drunk driving incidents skyrocket when holidays fall on the weekend. Saturdays, especially – NHTSA says that the time period with the highest number of drunk drivers on the road is Saturday nights between midnight and 3 a.m., right around the time the bars are closing.
You will want to keep this in mind while you are sipping your witch’s brew and munching on those magic candies – the police will be watching for intoxicated drivers. Around 500 intoxicated drivers are arrested annually during Halloween in Colorado, give or take a few dozen, so do yourself a favor and don’t become a statistic. Zombies are scary, ghosts are scary and masked supernatural killers are scary, but none of those come close to the horror you’d feel at the sight of those flashing reds and blues in your rearview mirror.
Halloween Safety Checklist
- Plan ahead. Plan way ahead.
- If you are going to be drinking with a group, make sure you have a sober driver.
- If you are traveling alone, get a taxi or friend to drive you, or take public transportation.
- If you spot a friend about to make a bad decision, take their keys. They might get mad, but it’s better to have an angry friend than a jailed one.
- If something does go wrong and you wind up with a DUI, contact a drunk driving attorney.
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