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Scary thoughts for Halloween

Halloween used to be all about how much candy kids could get as they went from house to house in Denver neighborhoods. But times and parents have changed. Halloween is more of a young adult event today than a kid’s holiday.

In fact, the three biggest drinking days of the year fall now on New Year's Eve, St. Patrick's Day and Halloween, according to a report by Littleton-based Alcohol Monitoring Systems.

The company tracks the behavior of approximately 450,000 DUI offenders who are ordered by courts to wear ankle monitors.

Alcohol Monitoring Systems says that when Halloween falls on a Saturday, as it will this year, drinking violations among the people it tracks are 4.5 times higher than when the scary holiday falls on any other day.

Polling shows that young adults are especially keen on dressing up and having a good time on Oct. 31. Fifty percent of 18- to 24-year-olds plan on attending a Halloween party and 37 percent of 25- to 34-year-olds have similar plans.

Naturally, many of the get-togethers will feature alcohol, Alcohol Monitoring Systems notes, which makes it imperative that even in the midst of all the fun, people designate sober drivers so that everyone can get home from the party safely and without being pulled over for a DUI.

An arrest for drunken driving is no one's idea of a great way to finish off a fun night. If it happens, though, remember that you have the right to speak to a Denver DUI defense attorney. A skilled lawyer protects your freedom and your driving privileges.

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