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Drunk Drivers: The Scariest Part of Halloween

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It's no secret that drunk drivers are responsible for far too much mayhem on our highways, particularly at peak party times such as Halloween and New Year's Eve.

In fact, more than 40 percent of vehicle fatalities and 19 percent of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween night involve drunk drivers nationwide. Sobering statistics like this led Governor Cuomo to announce a New York State Police crackdown on impaired drivers Halloween weekend of 2015.

At the time, State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D'Amic said "Halloween can be fun, but it can also turn tragic if people get behind the wheel after drinking. Children will be out walking after dark and drivers need to exercise extreme caution. Never drink and drive."

We couldn't agree more.

For all the talk of ghosts, goblins, witches and other scary things this time of year, there is nothing scarier than being out on the road with drunk drivers.

What can you do to prevent drunk driving accidents and deaths this year?

You can make sure that you, your friends, and your loved ones are not one of the drunk idiots getting behind the wheel after drinking. The following simple tips can keep you and others safe:

  1. Plan a sober ride.
  2. Plan a sober ride.
  3. Plan a sober ride. This is so important we listed it three times. Whether this means calling a taxi, Uber or Lyft, hopping on a public bus, choosing a designated driver, or deciding to stay the night, there is no excuse for getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.
  4. Grab the keys. If your friend has had a bit too much to drink, make sure he or she is not able to get behind the wheel. If you have to wrestle them away that's fine; your friend will thank you in the morning.
  5. Don't forget to have fun. Halloween should be about fun for people of all ages. Just be safe and smart about it.

Please share these tips with your friends and family members. We are personal injury attorneys, but nothing would make us happier this year than receiving no calls from people who have been harmed by drunk drivers.

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