Author: PIO Margo Rohrbacher
Date: October 28, 2011 9:00 AM

Drunk Drivers Can't Hide Behind Halloween Costumes

San Rafael, CA - As party-going ghosts and goblins celebrate Halloween this October, the Avoid the 13 Marin County DUI Task Force reminds everyone to keep the party off the road. Extra DUI Saturation Patrols will be out  in force throughout the County with extra officers looking to stop and arrest ‘Drunk’ or ‘Buzzed’ drivers.  Additionally, every patrol officer and traffic officer on routine patrol countywide will be on alert for the tell-tale signs of impairment.

“There isn’t a Halloween costume clever enough to hide an impaired driver who’s made the poor decision to get behind the wheel,” said Jeff Franzini, San Rafael Police Chief. “Whether you’ve had one too many or way too many it is just not worth the risk. Remember, Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.”

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.

“Far too many people spend hours and hours preparing their Halloween costumes and party plans,” said Chief Franzini.   “But too often impaired drivers never plan ahead for their Designated Driver and end up making the roads scarier than a horror show.”

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 13DUI Task Force recommends these simple tips for a safe Halloween celebration:                 

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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Last Modified: October 28, 2011 5:35 EDT (by Holm)