While it may not be one of the bigger holidays of the year, Halloween certainly does get attention in Kentucky. Aside from taking children out trick-or-treating, many people celebrate by throwing parties that include alcohol as well as costumes.

This party atmosphere surrounding the holiday, particularly near universities, sometimes leads to individuals drinking and driving.

Looking at the facts

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2017 between 6 p.m. Halloween evening and 5:59 a.m. the next morning, 11 people in vehicles and three pedestrians died in alcohol-related crashes. Over the five-year period between 2013 and 2017, the drunk driving-related death toll reached 158, which was 42% of all the crash deaths on those nights.

Avoiding an accident

People may still enjoy Halloween and avoid becoming a DUI statistic by planning ahead. There are many options for getting home after drinking, such as ride sharing, calling a taxi or choosing a designated driver who enjoys the evening sober and gets others home safe.

The person throwing the party may also consider offering nonalcoholic beverages for those who agree to be designated drivers, as well as options such as sleeping over for partygoers to ensure people do not try to drive home drunk.

Understanding the consequences

University students in particular may face stiff consequences from the law and their school if they receive a DUI conviction, especially if they are under the legal age. In addition, serving alcohol to underage individuals, even at a party, is illegal and carries its own potential charges.

Adults of a legal age do not need to completely dump the alcohol on Halloween. They can still have a fun night with friends by avoiding drinking and driving and taking steps to keep everyone safe this holiday.