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As party-going ghosts and goblins celebrate Halloween this year, everyone should heed Levy County Sheriffs Office and local police warnings to keep the party off the road. Drivers beware: local law enforcement across the region will be cracking down on drunk drivers with an aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement blitz. “There isn’t a Halloween costume clever enough to hide a drunk driver who’s made the dangerous decision to get behind the wheel,” said Sheriff Johnny Smith. “Law enforcement officers are committed to keeping the roads safe for everyone to enjoy the holiday.”
Nighttime is always a dangerous time on the road. But Halloween is one of the deadliest nights of the year for impaired drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 48 percent of all highway fatalities throughout 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 of .08 grams per deciliter or higher, which is illegal in every state. “The scariest parts of Halloween aren’t the spooky costumes and scary pranks,” said Sheriff Smith. “It’s the fact that too often impaired drivers don’t plan ahead and end up making the roads scarier than a horror show.”
The Levy County Sheriffs Office and your Chiefs of Police recommends these simple tips:
n Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
n Before drinking, please designate a sober driver.
n If you’re impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member. Bottom line make sure you get home safely.
If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement. For more information, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/drivesober/.