Halloween is just around the corner. And while you’ve probably spent time creating the perfect costume, planning a party, or mapping out where to take the kids for the best candy loot, you probably haven’t thought about protecting yourself and your family from drunk drivers.
Most people get caught up in the fun of being able to be someone else for one night of the year and completely ignore the fact that drunk driving is one of the most common offenses committed on Halloween. Many compare it to the Super Bowl or New Year’s Eve—some of the most well known drinking holidays of the year.
According to MADD, “New Hampshire improved its DUI law in 2014 to become the 23rd state to enact legislation to require ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers. The law, which took effect in January 2016, will result in a greater reduction in drunk driving fatalities. MADD applauds New Hampshire on its continued efforts to keep roads safe and encourages the use of no-refusal crackdown activities.”
Although this is good news both for everyone on the road, DWIs still happen.
While Halloween is the worst night for drunk driving (it varies from state to state, but it is still a nationwide issue), it can also turn into a nightmare for people out just minding their own business. Law enforcement is on high alert and, as a result, innocent persons can be accused of drunk driving.
Here’s how you can avoid DWI related issues on Halloween:
- Use Uber – even if you only have one drink, it’s too easy to go overboard with homemade drinks and put others and yourself at risk
- Don’t do anything stupid- If your costume requires a mask don’t wear it while driving. If you get the urge to just go for a drive make sure your phone is put away and you aren’t doing anything that could distract you from the road. Don’t get so caught up in the energy of the night that you lose common sense.
- Plan for overnights- if you plan to drink, ensure you have a safe space to crash at. Don’t just rely on on the party you’re at or even those around you. Set up your plan ahead of time and while you are sober.
- Have a friend on alert.
Listen, Halloween is about fun. Don’t let it turn into a nightmare. Exercise common sense, follow the law, and respect those around you. According to US News, “26% of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween in 2013 involved a drunk driver and between 2009-2013, 43% of all motor vehicle deaths occurring on Halloween night also involved a drunk driver.” You don’t have to be a statistic.
Have legal questions? Contact us, your New Hampshire DWI defense attorneys.