Halloween is approaching fast and residents of Kansas City, Missouri, may already have plans for the holiday weekend. However, it is important for everyone to be aware of the danger that drunk drivers on crowded holidays can cause.
Many holidays suffer from an increased fatality and accident rating on the roads due to the excessive amount of drinking, and Halloween is no exception. It has been deemed a statistically dangerous night by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with 9 fatal crashes and 24 serious injury crashes occurring in Missouri in 2013 alone over the Halloween weekend. The executive chair of Missouri Coalition for Road Safety has stated that there are always people who believe they can drive after drinking and be fine, which results in these accidents.
In order to prevent accidents from occurring, there are many different tips that a person can keep in mind. This includes contacting the police if you see any drunk drivers or taking the keys of your inebriated friends if you are sober. It also includes mapping out the night ahead of time, which means designating a driver or sober walker, planning a safe way home, or preparing to take taxis or public transport. Both people who plan to drink and people who don’t should be aware of the increased danger and make plans accordingly.
If a person ends up getting into an accident on Halloween due to drinking or because the driver of the other vehicle was drinking, they may want to contact an attorney for further support and more information. Dealing with accidents can be difficult but these preparations may help.