According to MADD (Mothers against Drunk Driving), Halloween is indeed one of the most dangerous holidays for road accidents all across the nation because of drunk driving. Four times more children between the ages of 5 and 14 years old die on Halloween night than on any other night of the year. Much of the increased fatality rate can be blamed on the adults who drive drunk on Halloween night.
Just as one would use caution and escort children on their trick-or-treat outings; exercise the same caution on the road. For those going out to Halloween parties, who intend to drink, go along with a non-drinking designated driver. Unfortunately, the statistics are clear. Halloween is one of the most dangerous nights of the year because of drunk driving.
In Austin, the weekend leading up to Halloween this year saw 59 people charged with DWIs, 38 of which were mandatory blood draws. During the “no refusal” period, officers get search warrants to run breath or blood tests on suspected drunken drivers. Last year, 50 people were charged for driving while intoxicated.
On average, about half of the people pulled over in Texas refuse a breath test. Proponents of the year-round No Refusal initiative said it reduces traffic deaths and puts DWI crimes on a level playing field with all other crimes — where the alleged criminal does not get to decide whether the police get the evidence against them.
“You can trick or treat at the county jail,” Cmdr. Jason Dusterhoft of the Police Department’s highway enforcement unit said of violators. This year, 24 percent of fatal crashes have involved intoxicated drivers, Dusterhoft said. That’s down from 53 percent of fatal crashes last year, he said.
DWI accidents are unpredictable. Staying at home isn’t always the answer; drunk drivers have been known to crash right into houses. Texas attorneys say stay alert and stay safe during the Halloween holiday. If that isn’t possible then please contact a Texas DWI lawyer to counsel you in your difficult times.