If you make arrangements ahead of time with regards to how you will get to and from your destination, you are taking control of your safety. Under no circumstances is it ever okay to get behind the wheel of a car after you have been drinking.
Marlton, NJ (PRWEB) October 25, 2012
Halloween is a long-standing tradition in the United States, and for many it is a night to go out and have fun with friends and family. It is important, however, that everyone remembers to be on the lookout for drunk drivers, even when they are not in a vehicle. The Egg Harbor Township car accident lawyers at Console & Hollawell recognize that drunk driving is also a danger to pedestrians, and on a night when many children and teens will be out enjoying some Trick-or-Treating, everyone needs to be on their guard.
In 2011, two-thirds of the fatal accidents that occurred on Halloween night (6 p.m. Oct. 31 to 5:59 a.m. Nov. 1) involved pedestrians, according to the New Jersey State Police.* This illustrates that drunk driving accidents, especially on Halloween, shouldn’t be just a concern of those in vehicles. Pedestrians must also be on their guard when they are out on Halloween night.
Halloween is a dangerous night for drinking and driving across the nation. In 2010, nearly half of all the fatal accidents that occurred on Halloween night involved a driver who had a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).** This report did not include those individuals who were involved in fatal accidents who had alcohol in their system within the legal limit nor did it report on how many caused accidents that only resulted in injury, so the impacts of drunk driving on Halloween is most likely much more serious than the data indicates.
Richard P. Console, Jr., an accident lawyer in Egg Harbor Township, explained that it is important that all individuals who plan to go out and celebrate on Halloween have a plan in place with regards to travel.
“If you make arrangements ahead of time with regards to how you will get to and from your destination, you are taking control of your safety,” Console said. “Under no circumstances is it ever okay to get behind the wheel of a car after you have been drinking or to get in the car with someone who has.”
The consequences of drunk driving extend far beyond the legal repercussions. Many fail to realize that a drunk driving conviction is much more than simply a ticket. Those who make the decision to drive under the influence face potential jail time, loss of their driving privileges, increased insurance premiums, court fees, missed work, and of course having to live with the knowledge of the harm their reckless decision caused to others, according to the NHTSA.** It is not just putting your own life at risk when you decide to drive drunk, you are taking the lives of everyone around you, other motorists, passengers, and pedestrians, into your hands as well.
The attorneys at Console & Hollawell, P.C. have seen far too many tragedies occur because someone made the negligent choice to drive drunk. They have dedicated their professional lives to seeking justice for victims of drunk driver accidents, and they urge the public to contact local law enforcement if they see or know of anyone who is driving drunk—an arrest may save their lives and that of all those around them.