Metro-East News

State Police, IDOT plan drunk-driving crackdown during Halloween

The Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies plan to have extra patrols out during the Halloween weekend to crack down on drunk drivers and seat belt law violators.

“The ISP would like for everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Halloween weekend,” said ISP Col. Tad Williams. “If your Halloween celebration includes alcohol, remember to celebrate responsibly and designate a driver.

Williams also reminded motorists to watch their speed, limit distractions and buckle up on the road.

Between 2010 and 2014 in Illinois, 16 people died and 1,474 were injured in vehicle crashes on Halloween. Five of those deaths were a result of crashes that involved alcohol.

The extra law enforcement is done in partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket programs paid with federal traffic safety dollars.

“The scariest part of Halloween is not the spooky costumes and scary pranks; it’s the alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers,” said IDOT Director of Traffic Safety Jared Thornley. “All too often, partygoers don’t plan ahead and choose to drive impaired, but a costume can’t disguise drunk driving.”

IDOT recommended some tips for those who are out and about on Halloween:

▪  Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.

▪  Designate a sober driver.

▪  Save the number of a local taxi company in your phone.

▪  Take public transportation.

▪  If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact police as soon as it is safe to do so.