With Halloween coming up, many folks in Illinois are dusting off their cobweb decorations, perfecting their pumpkin carving techniques and putting the finishing touches on their costumes. While most kids and parents are waiting until next week to head out in search of tricks or treats, adults in Chicago may be heading out this weekend in search of some spooky entertainment.
One of the major concerns that people have when it comes to celebrating holidays on the weekends is the increase in drunk drivers that go out on the road after these celebrations. Too many of them are intoxicated and think they can get away with driving home, even though they are putting other people in danger. On Halloween, there are kids and families out and around in neighborhoods and other motorists simply trying to get from point A to point B. These are the very people who can end up getting seriously injured in a car accident.
This is why Illinois officials and police are reminding everyone to avoid driving after drinking. More than 30 people have been killed in crashes during the past eight Halloweens, and 2,200 people have been injured. An astounding 40 percent of these accidents involved alcohol.
Although recent statistics suggest that Illinois leads the country in crackdowns in drunk driving, there are still going to be people who drive after drinking. These drivers may not always be aware that they are over the legal limit, but often times it takes a car accident for them to realize it. That's why authorities are urging drivers to be safe, rather than sorry. This Halloween, instead of taking the chance and putting other lives in danger, people who have had a few drinks should designate a driver, take public transportation or call a cab to get home safely.
Source: The Republic, "Illinois State Police urge Halloween revelers not to ddrive drunk and 'keep party off the road'," Oct. 26, 2012