Oktoberfest is know to be a lively German celebration that dates back to October 1810 with the marriage of Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese of Sachsen-Hildburghausen. It wasn’t until 1887 that Oktoberfest was celebrated in agricultural fairs and beer pubs. The celebration exploded when popular Munich, Germany became the home of Oktoberfest and made the celebration what we know it to be Today.
From Oktoberfest On The Riverwalk starting Sep 27th to the famous Wurstfest in New Braunfels that starts November 1st, you have a large number of options to celebrate this coming of fall. South Texas, whether you’re in San Antonio or New Braunfels, you have the chance to delight delicious German food and beers supped from a stein. Oktoberfest brings South Texas polka music, German-American food and a lively atmosphere, but we urge you to be extracareful.
Even in celebrations we urge you to stay aware of limits and practice moderation. The risk of over consumption of alcohol during Oktoberfest is greater as visitors who normally may not drink German beer might partake. In the heart of Munich, The Local reports that Munich hospitals treat a drinker every 10 minutes during Oktoberfest. The safety concerns throughout the month of October are heightened due to the presence of Oktoberfest. Pedestrian accidents are very common at this time of the year, and if you’re not careful, you may encounter some very serious problems.
Drinking and driving
Sovereign Health reports alcohol is a factor in 40 percent of fatal car accidents. Common sense and decades of drunk driving prevention education have helped reduce the number of drunk drivers, however it’s still a problem. A pervasive problem is people still not realizing that buzzed driving is drunk driving. If you can plan to go out, you can plan how to get home safely.
As a pedestrian, it’s important to know your limits and retain your senses at all times, especially when walking between venues or traveling home.
The dangers are perhaps even greater for drivers. Drink-driving should never be an option, but it’s likely that some road users will be intoxicated. Drive slow and remove distractions to give yourself the best chance of staying out of danger. Pedestrians may stumble out into the road too, so be extra vigilant of their actions. Even if it’s through no fault of your own, causing an injury is the last thing you want to do.
No matter where you are—or when you’re there—be aware of your surroundings, especially in tourist destinations that draw a large number of people.
Oktoberfest is a fun and exciting time for locals and tourists alike. However, the dangers are very real. Whether you’re a driver or a pedestrian, acting in a responsible manner is a must. Do not forget it.
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