Sunday, October 12, 2008

Halloween H.E.A.T. No TREAT For DUI’s: Drive Drunk and The Party’s Over!

Don’t let your Halloween weekend turn into a nightmare!

Halloween is a fun fall holiday tradition for all ages. Unfortunately a nationwide spike in Halloween drunk driving incidents every year also makes this celebration one of the most dangerous times to be on the road.

On Halloween nearly half of all fatal crashes are alcohol-related.

All that “Night of the Dead” stuff used to be just a harmless mix of ancient legend and Hollywood hype. Now, 44-percent of all highway fatalities across the nation on Halloween night involve drivers with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. And on Halloween nights when costumed children run out onto our streets and roadways the trick for every driver is to stay alert and sober to avoid tragedy.

Drive Drunk and The Party’s Over

“Cinco de Mayo, St. Patrick’s Day, and now, Halloween have morphed into truly terrifying nights of deadly drinking and driving deaths on the Georgia social calendar,” says Director Bob Dallas of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. “Halloween should be a time for scary costumes, trick or treats with the kids, and good family fun. But we’re not talking kids’-stuff anymore. And neither are the cops. That’s why state and local traffic enforcement in communities across Metro Atlanta will be out in force this Halloween with a high visibility DUI enforcement blitz to crack down on drunk drivers.”

Weekend DUI Crackdown NO TREAT For Drunk Drivers

To keep your Halloween party-plans from melting down into nightmares, on Friday, October 24th, H.E.A.T. Units from the Atlanta Police Department will team-up with HEAT Units from Dekalb County and the Georgia State Patrol NightHawks to conduct Halloween road-checks and concentrated patrols around the Atlanta Metro Area. For more information the night of the crackdown, contact APD Sgt. Ron Miniatis at 404-209-5260.

..And This is No Skeleton Crew! Peachtree City PD will also be conducting joint Halloween HEAT patrols with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Fayetteville PD, Coweta HEAT, and Georgia State Patrol units in their jurisdiction the same night.

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