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For kids, Halloween is all about the costumes and candy. For adults, it’s often a chance to have some fun of their own — especially since adult Halloween parties are all the rage right now.

Unfortunately, all of those alcoholic potions and spooky spirits that get served at such parties can easily lead to a charge of driving under the influence (DUI).

Since drunk driving is involved in 42% of traffic accidents on Halloween and many of those accidents involve kids, you can absolutely bet that the police will be out enforcing DUI laws with gusto. If you want to avoid an arrest, follow these tips:

1. Don’t take any chances.

Let’s be clear: Do not drink and drive on Halloween. There is an incredibly high possibility that you could be involved in an accident, especially with the number of young pedestrians out in costume on the street.

2. Plan ahead when you’re going to a party.

If you’re going to a party where there’s alcohol, you have several good choices:

  • Abstain from drinking.
  • Take a designated driver with you to the party.
  • Use a service like Lyft or Uber.
  • Ask your host if you can spend the night.

Keep in mind that while you’re automatically considered too impaired to drive if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08 or above — but you can still be charged with a DUI with a lower BAC based on an officer’s observations of your driving.

A DUI conviction in Colorado comes with serious penalties. Court costs and fines alone can run into the thousands. The increased fees on your insurance will continue to penalize you for years. If you make a mistake this Halloween and are charged with drunk driving, our office may be able to help. Contact us for more information.