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Mt. Pleasant Police stepping up Halloween night DUI checkpoints

Published: Oct. 27, 2014 at 5:47 PM EDT
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MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Police in Mount Pleasant have a message for people returning from Halloween parties this Friday night: "Keep the party off the road."

They're planning to step up enforcement and traffic safety checkpoints, in an effort, called "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," on Friday night. Police say they will target Highway 17, Coleman Boulevard and Long Point Road.

"The scariest part of Halloween is not the spooky costumes and scary pranks, it's the impaired drivers," Sgt. Kim Herring said. "All too often, partygoers don't plan ahead and chose to drive impaired, but a costume can't disguise drunk driving."

The last time Halloween fell on a Friday, 48 percent of the nation's fatalities during the Halloween weekend occurred in a crash involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol content percentage of .08 or higher, police say. Of the fatalities on Halloween night, 38 percent involved a driver with a BAC of .08 or higher.

Mount Pleasant Police recommend these tips to stay safe on Halloween:

  • Before the festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night
  • Always designate a sober driver.
  • If you are impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation
  • 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 law enforcement.
  • If you know someone who is about ti drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make safe travel arrangements to where they are going.

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