How do you celebrate Halloween? For many Atlanta residents, Halloween is a good reason to party. Unfortunately, not all Halloween party-goers will drink responsibly. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than half of all fatalities on Halloween in the past five years have involved a driver or motorcyclist blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL) or higher.
As on any other day, young men are have the highest risk of being involved in an Atlanta DUI accident. In 2011, men ages 21 to 34 accounted for almost half of the drunk drivers killed in Halloween motor vehicle accidents.
This Halloween, Atlanta area police departments will be stepping up patrols and cracking down on drunk driving. But, you can also do your part to prevent Atlanta drunk driving accidents:
- Plan your ride home in advance. Don’t drink if you plan to drive. If you will be drinking. Make sure you have a reliable and sober ride home.
- Bring enough money to pay for a taxi. That way you’ll have a back-up plan if you’re impaired and can’t find a ride or if your driver decides to drink.
- Don’t let your friends drive while impaired. Take your friend’s keys and help them arrange a ride.
- Don’t get in a car with an impaired driver.
- If you see a drunk driver, stop at a safe place and call 911—you may save a life.
Georgia drunk drivers face jail time, fines and the loss of their driver’s licenses, but this isn’t to keep drunk drivers off Georgia highways. If you are injured by a drunk driver in Georgia, you deserve accountability. To learn more about your rights, contact the Atlanta accident injury attorneys at Kaufman Law at 8808-WRECK-404 today.