IDOT: Halloween masks won't hide drunk driving | News
(KFVS) - The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Police are reminding drivers to celebrate the Halloween holiday responsibly and keep the party off the road.
They remind participants that their holiday disguises will not make them invisible to police who are out looking for drunk drivers and seat belt law violators throughout the state. IDOT also encouraged drivers to practice safe driving behavior, and allow for a fun-filled weekend.
"The most frightening aspect of Halloween is not the daunting costumes or the chilling pranks, but rather the understanding that some Illinois drivers may still make the wrong choice to drive drunk this holiday weekend," said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. "We strongly encourage all Halloween participants to designate a sober driver before leaving the house, and always buckle up and drive defensively."
State police and local law enforcement agencies say they will be extra vigilant on the roads leading up to Halloween, and will work diligently to boost traffic safety, arrest impaired drivers and ticket seat belt law violators.
According to IDOT, over the past eight years in Illinois, 31 individuals lost their lives and 2,261 were injured in 8,537 motor vehicle crashes occurring during Halloween. Of the 31 deaths, IDOT says 12 or 39 percent happened in crashes that involved alcohol. Furthermore, in the last three years, 14 people were killed in crashes on Halloween day; five of those deaths involved alcohol. Last year, they say six people lost their lives in traffic crashes during Halloween and one of those deaths involved alcohol.
IDOT offers drivers who plan on consuming alcohol for the holiday weekend these tips to help avoid a drunk driving nightmare:
- Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin
- Before drinking, designate a sober driver
- If you are drunk, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely
- Use your community's Sober Rides program if available
- If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, do not hesitate to contact local law enforcement
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