The Glendora Police Department will deploy extra DUI officers over the Halloween weekend during what it calls one of the deadliest nights of the year.
The DUI deployment will supplement routine patrols in searching for signs of drug or alcohol impairment during each enforcement contact, according to Glendora Police in a written statement.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 43 percent of those killed in crashes on Halloween night (6 p.m., October 31 to 5:59 a.m. November 1) from 2009 and 2013 were taken by a drunk driver.
“If you want to stay safe this Halloween then make a plan to get home without driving if you’ve been drinking,” said Glendora Police Chief Tim Staab in a written statement. “Even one drink impairs judgment, so plan to get home by taxi, ride share, mass transit, or designate a sober driver. Buzzed driving is drunk driving, so think ahead to stay safe.”
Glendora Police offer tips to prevent impaired driving:
- Plan a safe way to get home before you attend the party. Alcohol impairs judgment, as well as reaction time. If you’re drunk you’re more likely to choose to drive drunk.
- Designate a sober driver, take public transportation, a car service, or call a sober friend or family member to get home.
- Walking while impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Designate a sober friend to walk you home.
- Use your community’s sober ride program
- Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911.
- If you see someone you think is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them get home safely.