Although there has yet to be an official announcement, police departments across the state have conducted extra DUI enforcement over Halloween and the holiday weekend in the past, and we expect them to do the same thing this year. Odds are there will be added DUI patrols beginning on Halloween and running through this weekend.
Driving drunk on Halloween can be even more dangerous than normal. Aside from fewer hours of sunlight to provide visibility, there’s also thousands of kids running around on sidewalks and crossing the streets as they go Trick or Treating. And remember, even if it wasn’t your “fault” in the sense that a child darted out across the street without looking for traffic, you will still face the full wrath of the law if you are over the legal limit when the accident occurs.
If you’re going to a party or will be celebrating Halloween with some spirits, make sure you know how you’re getting home before you start drinking. This way you can avoid a costly ticket and keep yourself and everyone else safe. There are buses, taxis, the light rail and ridesharing apps that have all made it easier to get around without driving, so take advantage of these options if you’re going to drink alcohol tomorrow night.
Put Down The Phones
Another potential issue that may turn out to be more problematic than drinking and driving on Halloween is distracted driving. Almost everyone carries a cell phone on them when they drive, and if you take your eyes off the road for even a few seconds to send a text or check your email, it may be too late to stop when you see that costumed kid crossing the street.
Minnesota has gone completely hands-free behind the wheel, so you can bet that police will take any opportunity they can to issue a citation if they see you on your phone while driving. Again, it’s going to be dark and kids are going to be everywhere, so put your phone on silent and keep it in your pocket until you reach your destination. Drive like every kid on the sidewalk is yours and put the distractions away.
Of course, if something crazy happens and you end up in handcuffs or with a ticket, give Avery Appelman and his team at Appelman Law Firm a call. We answer our phones 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so no matter when you get in trouble, we’ll be able to provide assistance. Whether you need to get out of jail or just want advice on how to proceed with your case, we’re here to help. Give us a call today at (952) 224-2277. Have a safe and fun Halloween!