This year, Halloween will be on Monday, October 31, 2016, but the celebrations will begin on Friday, October 28th. Sure, there will be all kinds of fun and exciting costumes, but the one costume you don’t want to put on is that prison jumpsuit you’ll be wearing if you’re arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) Halloween weekend.
Law enforcement agencies throughout Orange County will be cracking down on drunk and drugged drivers this Halloween in an effort to reduce, if not eliminate the alcohol-related crashes and pedestrian fatalities.
Beginning Friday, Oct. 28th and running until Monday, Oct. 31st, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the California Highway Patrol, Irvine Police Department, and other local law enforcement agencies in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties will be increasing their DUI patrols to track down and arrest drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Halloween Parties Begin Friday, Oct. 28
This year, Halloween falls on a Monday, so law enforcement agencies anticipate teens and adults to be partying all weekend long. While the revenue from DUI arrests is a “perk,” the ultimate goal of these DUI task forces is to have zero DUI traffic and pedestrian fatalities over Halloween weekend.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), between the years 2009 and 2013, 43% of the traffic fatalities that occurred on Halloween were alcohol-related. But, drivers aren’t the only ones at risk. Children out trick-or-treating are also in danger. Between 2009 and 2013, 26% of all pedestrian fatalities on Halloween involved a drunk driver.
Tips for a safe Halloween:
- Plan a safe ride home before you start drinking.
- Don’t let friends drive drunk.
- Call Uber, Lyft, or a cab if you don’t have a designated driver.
- Don’t let your designated driver have a few drinks. They shouldn’t be “less drunk” than you, they shouldn’t be drinking at all.
- Beware of drunk walking, which can be dangerous if you fall into the street, stumble in front of a car, or pass out in a dangerous neighborhood. Instead of walking home, have a sober driver give you a ride home.
- Be careful of mixing alcohol with energy drinks as this can make you a “wide awake” drunk who believes you are not as drunk as you actually are. Since caffeine does not impact BAC, you could end up drunk driving because you mistakenly think you’re sober, but you’re NOT!
At the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc., we want to wish you a safe and arrest-free Halloween! If something goes wrong and you do get arrested for DUI, contact our office to speak to a Board Certified DUI defense specialist for free!