It's hard to believe that October is already here, and the fall and winter holidays are right around the corner. This week, final preparations will be made concerning October 31st, aka Halloween. Parents will be planning to take their kids out trick or treating, and others will be planning to attend Halloween parties with their friends.

Halloween night is a time when we get dress up in our favorite costumes and enjoy the night with people we care about. Families with kids more than likely will be out trick or treating in the early evening. Kids will be on the road running back and forth from house to house looking for their next candy fix. Teenagers will be riding their bikes around in the darkness. For many of us adults, we will be attending a Halloween party. To top it all off, police will be on high alert looking for drunk drivers. Enjoying some drinks at a party is great, but that can lead to problems when you drive your car home with pedestrians all over the city.

Here are some stats about Halloween car crashes that may surprise you:

  1. 18% of the people who die in fatal crashes on Halloween are children.
  2. Pedestrians have a 50% higher chance of dying on Halloween than any other day.
  3. 23% of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween night include a drunk driver.

Some Tips for a safe Halloween: A simple solution that is becoming more and more popular nowadays is to hire an Uber, Lyft, or other ride sharing company. A $15 ride across town could save you a DUI or even spare someone's life. Another option is to give yourself some time before getting in the car. On average it takes about 1 hour to metabolize one standard drink. Three drinks means you need about 3 hours to completely metabolize the alcohol in your bloodstream. If we are all responsible on Halloween night, we will keep our neighborhoods and our cities safe. DON'T drink and drive drunk. DO drive carefully knowing that there will be pedestrians on the streets.

Have a happy Halloween everyone, and don't forget: we are here for you. If you have been injured in a car crash or at someone's party, give us a call to discuss your case.


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