Don't Drink & Drive This Halloween

The Halloween holiday usually means a collection of enjoyable festivities, many of which involve alcohol. Because of this, police frequently step up their efforts to get drunk drivers off the roads, either through drunk driving checkpoints, increased patrol presence, and a number of other techniques.

October DUI Charges

Because holiday parties frequently occur all throughout October, police frequently will increase their efforts starting in the first week or so of the month. Expect to see increased DUI checkpoints on major roads starting very soon, particularly on Friday and Saturday nights.

While October is traditionally not one of the more deadly months in terms of the number of DUI accidents, it does have an extremely elevated fatality rate. Statistics estimate that 44% of fatal crashes during Halloween weekend can be pinned on alcohol intoxication, and 38% of all fatal crashes on Halloween night can say the same.

Staying Safe

The best way to stay safe and prevent a DUI accident during the Halloween season is to simply plan ahead. If you are going to be attending a Halloween party and either know or think you may partake in alcohol, it’s important to prepare ahead of time. Get a ride to and from your party from a designated driver, or use a ride-sharing or taxi service. This will ensure you get a ride home safely, but allow you to go a little more crazy if you desire, knowing that your transportation is taken care of.

Keeping Others Safe

Driving sober also helps keep other people safe, particularly on Halloween itself. Streets are frequently filled with young children, who may not look both ways before venturing off the sidewalk. By doing your part and driving sober, you can prevent injuries to yourself and these pedestrians, making the holiday enjoyable for everyone. Statistics dictate that 23% of all pedestrian fatalities on Halloween involved a drunk driver; do your part to avoid contributing to these sobering numbers.

If you are arrested and charged with DUI over this Halloween season, seek legal representation from a skilled Los Angeles DUI attorney as soon as possible. At Hutton & Wilson, our team has earned numerous accolades, including recognition from Super Lawyers. We may be able to help lessen the blow of a DUI charge and maintain some of your freedoms and rights by representing you and your best interests throughout the trial process.

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