Halloween night is one of the most exciting holidays in the year, and the list of available activities for that night is endless. You can gather the kids to carve pumpkins, grab a scary movie to watch, take the children trick-or-treating, or go to a costume party!
While there is much to do on Halloween night, it is important that you consider yours and your family’s safety before leaving the house. Unfortunately, because many parties occur on Halloween night, numerous individuals choose to drink and drive, making the roads a dangerous place for other drivers and pedestrians.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports the following statistics:
- In 2010, 41% of highway fatalities that occurred on Halloween night involved a drunk driver or motorcycle rider.
- This percentage increased in 2012, when drunk drivers caused 48% of the car accident fatalities that occurred on Halloween night.
- From 2007-2011, 23% of the pedestrian fatalities that occurred on Halloween night involved an impaired driver.
Research shows that these percentages increase when the Halloween holiday falls on a weekend.
Law Enforcement Agencies Work Hard to Prevent Drunk Driving
To protect the public from unsafe roadways caused by impaired drivers during Halloween night and the Holiday weekend, law enforcement agencies increase their amount of patrol and checkpoint areas. This means that there will be far more police officers roaming the streets in efforts to make more DUI arrests. Drunk drivers will leave themselves at risk for DUI/OUI convictions.
Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. Can Help You
If you have been involved with a DUI-related legal matter, it is important that you secure experienced legal representation right away. At Shaheen & Gordon, P.A., our Maine criminal defense attorneys can work hard to formulate an effective strategy tailored for your specific needs. When you become our client, we will take the time to understand every detail of your case so we can begin protecting your rights and future immediately. Do not wait another minute.
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