Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Don't Let Your Halloween Become a Nightmare - Celebrate Responsibly

by Joy Spencer 
Halloween is quickly approaching, and will be especially busy with it landing on a Friday this year.

Halloween should be a fun, festive and safe celebration for everyone. Sadly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Halloween is one of the year’s most dangerous holidays on the road due to alcohol-related crashes caused by those who drink and drive after parties and festivities. In 2012, 48 percent of all crash fatalities on Halloween night involved a drunk driver.

Here are some tips and reminders for party-goers, party planners, and business owners to plan ahead for Halloween safety.
  • Don’t serve alcohol to minors. The legal drinking age is 21 and, as a host, it is your responsibility to make sure minors aren’t drinking.
  • If you’re going to drink alcohol, make plans now for a safe ride home.
  • Party hosts should provide lots of food and non-alcoholic drinks to help guests pace themselves.
  • Bars or restaurants that are hosting costume parties, should make that sure customers are recognizable without masks and elaborate make up when checking ID.
  • Have the number of a cab company or public transit tickets available for guests or customers who’ve had too much.
  • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, call your local law enforcement immediately.
  • Drive slowly and watch for children and party-goers crossing the streets.
  • Please remember that masks can impair your vision. If you are walking from place to place on Halloween night, the combination of alcohol and masks can be dangerous.
  • It may be difficult to judge a patron's/guest's level of intoxication when they are in character, such as Jack Sparrow.
  • Be extra diligent when monitoring patrons in your bar, restaurant or private party.

Stay safe and keep others safe around you by celebrating the holiday responsibly, and have a spooktacular time!

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