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Local Family, Law Enforcement, Urge Motorists to Drive Sober This Halloween

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SALISBURY, Md.- Come Halloween night, kids all across Delmarva will be dressed in costume, knocking on doors and collecting Halloween candy. Many adults will enjoy the festivities too. But deputies with the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office are warning revelers to keep the party off the road.

"For law enforcement, there's nothing scary about the costumes," said Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis, who is part of the effort to enforce this year's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. "What's very scary are the impaired motorists that go out to celebrate Halloween that are on the roadways."

It is a reality the Vance family of Mardela Springs knows all too well. Back in 2001, a drunk driver slammed into their car head-on.

They were lucky to make it out alive.

"I had my dad right there and Hannah actually flew up and landed on top of me," recalled Josh Vance. "She was screaming and crying. I looked back at my sister Sarah, and she was hunched over on the seat and just blood everywhere."  

"It's just really hard to have any kind of sympathy for any drunk driver that hits your family," noted his mother, Cathy Vance, who was waiting for her family to pick her up from work at the time of the crash.

This Halloween, the Vance family is not alone in urging people to drive sober.

"We do see an increase, every year, in DUI arrests and drug arrests during this particular time," said Sheriff Lewis.

He said deputies will be out in full force, cracking down on impaired drivers.

"If you take your party on the roadway, we are certainly going to get involved," Sheriff Lewis explained.

That is message the Vance family hopes partiers hear loud and clear.

"There's kids all over the road that are trick-or-treating, and if you hit one of them, or just hit a car, hit a kid, anything, drunk driving is just.. It will just change your life," said Cathy Vance.    

According to Lewis, one DUI arrest alone will cost an individual about $20,000. He said if you plan on drinking Halloween night, as always, plan ahead.

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