Tips For Having a Safe Halloween

Posted by Ryan Russman | Oct 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

Halloween is a dangerous time for accidents, due to the large number of children walking on the streets in dark costumes. The time period around Halloween in New Hampshire, with so many Halloween parties and other events, also has one of the highest incidents of arrests for drunk driving. In order to help you have a safer Halloween, we have some tips to avoid a getting arrested.

Plan a Way Home

If you are going to a party, it is generally a good idea to plan ahead. Particularly, if you know that you will be drinking, it is better to plan when you are sober, rather than when you are intoxicated. You can ensure that you have a place to sleep at the location where the party is located, or somewhere within walking distance. In addition, if you are with a group of friends, you can plan to watch one another to make sure no one drinks too much.

Designated Driver

In addition to other planning, you can plan ahead and have a designated sober driver. In fact, you can use many different methods to pick a designated driver, even if the driver is picked the night of festivities. A designated driver will allow the other party goers to drink without worrying about how they will get home. As an added bonus, many bars and restaurants will provide free non-alcoholic drinks, and sometimes even food, to designated drivers.

Alternate Transportation

If you do not plan ahead or you cannot get a designated driver, there are certainly other alternative methods of transportation. Many large cities have vast public transportation systems, in the form of buses, trains or subways, that you can use to get back home. In addition, you can call a taxi to take you home. However, it is important to remember that taxis can be difficult to come by around the time the bars begin to close. Finally, you can always call a sober friend or family member to come pick you up. Even if it is very late, most people will be happy to pick you up if it will help you avoid a DWI conviction.

Hosts Should Limit Their Alcohol

If you are hosting a party, there are steps you can take to help prevent others from driving drunk. First, you should limit your alcohol intake, so that you can keep an eye on your guests. While it may be difficult to do, it could be important in helping others avoid a lifeĀ changingĀ event such as a DWI arrest. You should also require all guests to deposit their keys in a fish bowl or some other container. Then when a party goer wants to leave, they have to ask you for their keys back. If the party goer is too intoxicated to drive, then you can keep their keys and help them find another way home.

Like all holidays, Halloween festivities should be about making memories with friends and family, not worrying about ways to avoid a DWI. After all, it will not be a very fun Halloween if you are charged with drunk driving. Take the advice above and plan a safe night out.

About the Author

Ryan Russman

Attorney Ryan Russman has dedicated his career to fighting for the rights of New Hampshire citizens. His practice, based in Exeter (Rockingham County) New Hampshire, is limited to cases involving DWI and DUI, other motor vehicle and criminal cases, and many cases involving personal injury. He is, however, best known as one of New Hampshire's leading legal authorities on DWI.


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