Driving under the influence is against the law, but most people already know that. The problem that some people run into is not knowing that their holiday goodies contain more alcohol than they thought. With bowls of drinks mixed with vodka, rum and other alcohol, Halloween can become a dangerous holiday quickly.
It’s important to know how much alcohol is in the drinks you’re having. See a punch bowl from which you want to get a drink? Ask the host if it contains any alcohol and be aware that another guest could have slipped some in. Here are some tips for avoiding a tipsy drive on Halloween.
1. Carry a breathalyzer
Since it’s impossible to know that everything you have hasn’t been made without alcohol or spiked with a little on the side, it’s a good idea to carry a breathalyzer. Even if you do plan to drink, a breathalyzer gives you the peace of mind to know that you’re not over the limit before you get behind the wheel.
2. Monitor your drinks
If you’re at a location where you order drinks and know the content, make sure you always keep your drink in sight. If you have to go to the restroom or want to walk away from your table, order a new drink. People could add alcohol to your drink or drug it when you’re not looking, so it’s always better to be safe.
3. Call a cab
If you do plan to drink during the Halloween festivities, be prepared to ride home with a sober friend or to call a taxi. Between 2011 and 2015, 45 percent of all traffic fatalities on Halloween were a result of drunk driving-related crashes. Taking a taxi home can reduce the risk of a collision.
Halloween is fun, but there are risks. Be safe this year, and enjoy your holiday.