As part of our annual Sober Days for the Holidays awareness campaign, SCRAM Systems is drawing attention to the unique dangers of alcohol misuse and abuse on Halloween with a new infographic: The Scary Truth About Halloween and Drinking.
Halloween is no longer just for trick-or-treaters. The last decade has seen a spike in the number of adults who are mixing booze with their boos, and as a result, DUIs and alcohol-involved incidents have become a substantial issue on All Hallows Eve.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 43% of all traffic fatalities and 26% of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween involve alcohol. Those numbers are especially troubling given that 41 million trick-or-treaters will be out and about this All Hallows’ Eve. The holiday is also one of the highest drinking days for college students.
The problems around the holiday are also highlighted by new data from the nearly 450,000 DUI clients monitored 24/7 by SCRAM Systems. An analysis shows that when Halloween falls on a Saturday, drinking violations skyrocket 4½ times compared to the average increases when Halloween falls on any other day of the week. Those numbers are particularly startling because those clients are considered to be high-risk, repeat alcohol clients who knew they were being monitored and that there would be consequences, including incarceration.
The Scary Truth About Halloween and Drinking infographic is available for social sharing or printing. And look for more information about Sober Days for the Holidays in November and December.