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Wicomico Sheriff's Office Cracking Down on Drunk Driving Halloween Night

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SALISBURY, Md.- Deputies with the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office say they will be cracking down on drunk drivers on Halloween night with an aggressive DUI enforcement effort.

"The scariest part of Halloween is not the spooky costumes or the pranks, it's the impaired drivers. All too often, people don't plan ahead for a sober ride, but a costume can't disguise drunk driving," said Sheriff Mike Lewis.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, from 2007-2011, 52 percent of all national fatalities occurring on Halloween night involved a drunk driver.  Police said young men are particularly at risk of being involved in a traffic crash as a result of "buzzed" or drunk driving.

"If you're celebrating and have had alcohol, the safest thing is to just not get behind the wheel." Lewis said. "A sober and safe ride after the party is the best treat you can give yourself and everyone else on the road this Halloween."

To keep safe this Halloween, the Sheriff's Office recommends these tips:

  • Before the Halloween festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night.
  • Always designate a sober driver.
  • If you are impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
  • Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.  Designate a sober friend to walk you home.
  • Use your community's sober ride program.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement.
  • If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make safe travel arrangements to where they are going.

 "Our deputies are aggressively enforcing our DUI laws," Lewis said. "If you drive drunk, the next costume you'll be wearing is a prisoner's outfit."

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