Buzzed and Need to get Home? Make Plans for a Ride

by Tina Johansson

Buzzed driving is drunk driving, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office warned in reminding Halloween party-goers that alcohol and driving don’t mix.

Instead of taking the wheel, party-goers are urged to make an alternative, safe plan to getting home.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, from 2009-2013, 43 percent of all crashes on Halloween night involved drunk driving.

“If you are going to drink, plan to get home by taxi or designate a sober driver,” said Sheriff Mark Curran, pointing out, “Buzzed driving is drunk driving, so plan ahead and stay safe.”

The sheriff’s office, he said, will deploy extra traffic safety patrols to identify that arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers during the Halloween weekend. Deputies will also focus on seatbelt and speed enforcement. The traffic crackdown is funded under a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation  and the National Highway Administration.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, from 2009-2013, 43 percent of all crashes on Halloween night involved drunk driving.

Undersheriff Ray Rose suggested these safety tips for the holiday:

  • Designate a sober drive or take public transportation.
  • Walking while impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Find a sober person to walk you home.
  • If you see a friend or someone who is about to drive while impaired, don’t let that to happen. Help them to get home safely.

In addition to traffic safety, the sheriff’s office will have increased neighborhood patrols during the Halloween weekend while children are trick-or-treating. Detectives will provide additional monitoring of registered child sexual offenders to ensure they are in compliance of law, and not participating in trick-or-treating.

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