Those of us with young children may have forgotten what it was like to party for Halloween. That partying consisted of drinking and getting buzzed or drunk. Did you know that Halloween night is often one of the deadliest nights of the year? “In 2009, 48% of all traffic fatalities on Halloween night involved a driver or motorcycle rider with a *BAC of .08 or higher”, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). *BAC – Blood Alcohol Content
Drivers need to be especially cautious on Halloween night. Children are out in the dark trick-or-treating. They may wear costumes that make their visibility more difficult and may cause them to fall. They’re distracted by getting candy and seeing friends. Add to this a driver who has consumed alcohol. It’s a terrible brew. Even if you think you’re just buzzed, you’re driving drunk.
If you’re having a Halloween party, offer non-alcoholic drinks. There’s a list of 50 non-alcoholic drink recipes. I’m sure you’ll find a few that your guests will like!
Here’s a couple:
Monster Slime Juice
12 oz. Orange Juice (Concentrate)
6 oz. Kool-Aid (Berry Blue)
Mix juice and Kool-Aid, add 1 gallon water, stir and watch it turn green! (Courtesy of baronedrinks.com)
1 part(s) Coca Cola
1 part(s) Ginger Ale
1 part(s) Mountain Dew
Cherries cleaned and halved
Mix the drink in a tall chilled glass. Add several cherries and serve. (Courtesy of baronedrinks.com)
Take the pledge to not drink and drive. Make use of the Sober Ride Programs in each state, or use a designated driver. Don’t do something you’ll regret. Keep the fun alive in Halloween and avoid Buzzed and Drunk Driving.
Thank you to the Ad Council, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Global Influence for the information in this post. I’m a supporter of the Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving campaign.