Police agencies across New York State are cracking down this weekend on drunk drivers.

With Halloween falling on a Saturday, it makes the holiday just a little more dangerous. Kids will be out later in the night wearing costumes not always visible to cars. Everyone needs to be prepared. If you are driving this weekend, expect to see checkpoints and additional police agencies on the roads.

I usually question why these increased patrols are announced. I mean, shouldn’t we have them all the time. But I get it. Prepare people. If this blog stops even one person from driving drunk, it’s worth it.

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According to the press release, "43 percent of all people killed in motor vehicle crashes across the U.S. on Halloween night, were in crashes involving a drunk driver.  Last year, 195 people we arrested for DWI."

That is unacceptable in my mind. Let’s get this number to zero!
Here are a few tips from The New York State Police and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee to make this a safer and happier Halloween:

"• Before the festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night.
• Before you start drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home.
• If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public     transportation so you are sure to get home safely.
• If available, use your community’s sober ride program.
• Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Designate a sober friend to walk you home.
• If you see a drunk driver on the road, call local law enforcement. You could save a life."

Be careful this weekend. Take care of yourself and our kids this weekend!
Happy Halloween!