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Don't let a drunk driver ruin your Halloween

If you think that Halloween is just a holiday for children to celebrate, you'd be quite wrong. Halloween is actually one of the top five drinking holidays of the year.

Halloween is right up there with New Year's Eve, St. Patrick's Day, the night before Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July when it comes to alcohol consumption. The larger problem is that not all who consume alcohol do so responsibly.

In 2019, Halloween is on Thursday, which is the perfect segue into a long weekend where many people may continue partying — and drinking and driving.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that from 2013 to 2017, on Halloween night, 42 percent of traffic fatalities included at least one intoxicated driver.

Two years ago on the holiday, those younger than 22 had the comprised the group with the highest death rates from drunk driving.

Those statistics should be quite sobering. Fortunately, New York City residents have many transportation options for sober rides home that don't involve getting behind the wheel after you've been drinking. From taking public transit to hailing a taxi or calling a car service and ordering an Uber or Lyft online, there are many safer ways to return home after a night of drinking.

But the problem is that no matter how safe of a driver you are, your night can go south in a hurry if you get hit by a drunk driver this Halloween. Should that happen, you may need to take legal action to hold them civilly liable for their irresponsible and negligent actions.

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