There will be a noticeable increase in New York State Police patrols and checkpoints this week for Halloween. It's an effort to curb drunk driving and increase safety for trick-or-treaters. According to News Channel 13, New York State Police will be cracking down on drunk drivers this Halloween with increased sobriety checkpoints and DWI patrols throughout the Capital Region and across New York state.

The reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration state that one hundred fifty-eight people were killed on Halloween night between the years of 2013 through 2017. Forty-two percent of fatal accidents were because of impaired drivers. The increase in the sobriety checkpoints and the DWI patrols will help to deter those who are impaired this Halloween week.

You are encouraged to use a designated driver or the many rideshare options available to ensure a safe and happy Halloween. Many places offer free rides from bars and restaurants having Halloween parties.