Drunk Drivers Can’t Hide Behind Halloween Costumes

By Staff Reports

(Victorville)–As party-going ghosts and goblins celebrate Halloween this October, the Avoid the 25 San Bernardino County DUI Task Force reminds everyone to keep the party off the road.  Extra DUI Saturation Patrols will be out in force with extra deputies looking to stop and arrest ‘Drunk’ or ‘Buzzed’ drivers Halloween Night starting at 6:00 p.m. in the City of Victorville.  Additionally, every patrol deputy and traffic deputy on routine patrol countywide will be on alert for the tell-tale signs of impairment.

Nighttime is an especially dangerous time to be on the road. But this weekend and Halloween night is one of the deadliest times of the year for impaired drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 48 percent of all highway fatalities across the nation on Halloween night (6 p.m. Oct. 31 to 5:59 a.m. Nov. 1) in 2009 involved a driver or a motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher.

DUI Checkpoints along with regularly scheduled high visibility DUI enforcement serves as a proven deterrent with the goal of removing impaired drivers and heightened awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

The Avoid the 25 DUI Task Force recommends these simple tips for a safe Halloween celebration:

  • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
  • Before drinking, designate a sober, ‘Non Drinking’ driver.
  • If you’re impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
  • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to Report Drunk Drivers, Call 911.
  • And remember, Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk. If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

Funding for this operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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