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Increased DUI Enforcement for Halloween Weekend

Increased DUI Enforcement for Halloween Weekend

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Colorado State Patrol will be joining efforts this Saturday, October 29, 2016, to conduct increased DUI enforcement on the highways and roads of unincorporated Douglas County for Halloween weekend.

Halloween is a particularly deadly night due to drunk drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2015, over half (52%) of all highway fatalities across the nation on Halloween night (6 p.m. – 5:59 a.m. November 1st) involved a driver or a motorcycle rider with a BAC of .08 or higher.

To prevent a tragedy like this from occurring, Sheriff Tony Spurlock recommends the following to have a safe and happy Halloween.

  • Before festivities begin, have transportation arrangements made
  • If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement. You could save a life.
  • If you know people who are about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other transportation arrangements.

Buzzed driving is drunk driving. Deputies and Colorado State Patrol Troopers will be on a heightened alert for people driving under the influence.