With the cooler temperatures and changing colors of the leaves, October is certainly in full swing, and with it comes one of the most fun holidays of the year for children and adults: Halloween. Halloween is a wonderful time to celebrate with friends and family, but with fright-inspired parties and public celebrations of this ghoulish holiday also comes increased instances of drunk driving. As such, law enforcement agencies across the state of Maryland are reminding residents to “keep the party off the road” as individuals make their plans to celebrate during the week of Halloween.
Calvert County Sherriff Mike Evans notes that DUI (driving under the influence) enforcement levels have been increased following a review of local crash statistics, which documented an average of two drunk driving accidents on Halloween night for the last several years. The people who “made a very poor decision to get behind the wheel” led to a total of 10 DUI arrests in 2011 by law enforcement in Calvert County and Maryland State Police during Halloween night patrols.
In order to celebrate safely and avoid an unwanted brush with law enforcement, TheBayNet.com offers the following suggestions:
- Before heading out to celebrate this haunted holiday, designate a sober driver or see if a family member or friend can give you a safe ride home later. Also, using public transportation, such as cabs, will allow you to arrive home safely.
- Friends don’t let friends drive drunk, so if you see a friend or fellow partygoer who is trying to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make arrangements to get home safely.
- When planning your Halloween celebration, consider choosing an establishment that rewards designated drivers who refrain from drinking alcohol. In Calvert County, there are 10 bars and restaurants participating in the Designated Driver Rewards program.
The Calvert County drunk driving defense lawyers of Alpert Schreyer encourage Calvert County residents, as well as those across the state of Maryland, to celebrate safely this Halloween! If you do, however, find yourself in a situation where you may be facing drunk driving charges, allow our legal team to provide you with the professional representation you need to avoid harsh penalties. To see how can assist you with your case, call (800) 489-1577.