As Halloween approaches, many Brits are finalising their costumes for the fright fest. Millions of people will dress as spooky characters such as vampires, ghouls and monsters as part of the annual scary celebration, which is highly anticipated as it’s the first one since Covid restrictions were fully lifted earlier this year.
Whilst Trick or Treating and Halloween-themed parties are all in the spirit of the day, finding yourself being handed points on your licence and a pocket burning fine is a shock too far.
However, if you’re the designated driver for your spooky spectacular this year, you might need to second guess your costume in case it lands you in trouble with the law.
Rule 97 of the Highway Code states ‘You should ensure clothing and footwear do not prevent you using the controls in the correct manner.
Duncan McClure Fisher, Founder and CEO of MotorEasy says; “This usually applies to things such as flip-flops and narrow skirts. But if your devil hooves or Harley Quinn stilettos affect your ability to safely manoeuvre your vehicle this Halloween, you could be charged with careless driving and handed a £100 on-the-spot fine. And if this careless driving leads to a more serious incident, a prison jumpsuit might be more suitable garb as it could see you end up in court – with the potential for a fine of up to £5,000, nine endorsement points and even a driving ban. So, we would urge those doing the driving on or around Halloween this year to check whatever costume they have chosen does impact on their skills as doing so could also result in causing serious harm to fellow motorists and pedestrians.”
Google search data has revealed the most popular outfits for this year’s spooky celebrations include Cruella De Ville and characters from hit Netflix shows Money Heist and Squid Game, as well as the traditional favourites of zombies, witches and superheroes.
Whatever you choose to dress up as this year, make sure you’re still safe behind the wheel.