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Dover Police: Have a Plan for Halloween Weekend

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DOVER, Del. – Halloween is only a couple weeks away, and police in Dover say they are enhancing patrol to keep drunk drivers off the roads.

Police say last year there were 34 DUI arrests in Kent County between Oct. 25 and Nov. 3.

The Dover Police Department says it will have extra officers on Halloween night and throughout the weekend to crack down on drunk drivers.

Here are some statistics and tips involving drunk driving from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

• In 2012, almost half (48%) of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities on Halloween night (6 p.m. October 31 to 5:59 a.m. November 1) involved a drunk driver. In 2012 alone, 26 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes on Halloween night.

• Buzzed driving is drunk driving, and drunk driving is illegal. The legal and financial costs of driving while impaired can be significant. Drunk drivers often face jail time, the loss of their driver's license, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, and lost wages due to time off from work.

• Every year in America, thousands of people are killed by the selfish, preventable decision to drive drunk. In 2012, there were 10,322 people killed in drunk-driving crashes—a third of all crash fatalities.

• The minimum legal drinking age is 21 years. Young people (ages 21-34) make up the largest group of drunk drivers in fatal crashes. In 2012, almost a fifth (18%) of the drivers under age 21 in fatal crashes were drunk, which is illegal in every state.

• Always designate a sober driver, even if you only plan to “have a few.” Buzzed driving is drunk driving.

• If you are drunk, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.

• If you see a drunk driver on the road, do not hesitate to contact local law enforcement. It is your business—you could save a life.

• If you're at a Halloween party and see someone who is about to drive or ride drunk, take their keys and help them find a safe ride to where they are going. If the person says they're not drunk, just remind them that buzzed driving is drunk driving.

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