Halloween: Trick or Drink… I mean treat!
If we search Halloween party ideas what do we find?
- “Drunk Party Ideas”
- “Best Halloween Cocktails”
- “Halloween Games with Rules to Get You Wasted”…
Here are some facts that don’t pop up:
- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, last year 44% of all motor vehicle deaths involved drunk driving on Halloween night.
- Younger people are at the highest risk; 21-34 year-olds with the most fatalities at 46% in drunk driving crashes on Halloween in 2016
- Halloween ranks as the third-deadliest day of the year for pedestrians, according to the NHTSA data, which examined 25 years of data to determine the most dangerous days.
- Halloween is also in third place of the most dangerous day on the road for drivers (Christmas and New Years are first and second).
Several reasons explain why these tragedies may be occurring. A law enforcement officer described in a recent interview how more pedestrians and impaired drivers are on the road. Sadly, because of this there are more accidents and fatalities.
Children are amped up on sugar, parents may be under the influence not completely aware of what’s going on, and others drink and drive their children to different events.
Instead of making risky decisions that place ourselves and others in jeopardy, there are many ways to take precautions that won’t end with serious consequences.
If we choose to drink during this holiday it’s safest to ensure the following:
- Prepare in advance, if you know you’ll need transportation schedule an Uber ahead of time
- Be extra careful on the roads where you usually wouldn’t
- For the “normy” drinkers, keep it down to one per hour and then leave once the time has passed for it to be out of your system (1 hour per beverage)
- Have children trick or treating wear flashy bracelets with reflectors
- Keep children in well-lit and familiar areas
If Halloween is an all too familiar night for you and alcohol and you are seeking help to break that habit then call Life Counseling Solutions at 407-622-1770.
Or, if you or a loved one has been negatively impacted by such a tragedy and need help then we are here for you too. Call today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert therapist.
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