Ghosts, ghouls and DUI enforcement this weekend
Forget zombies and ghouls — the scariest part of Halloween for some drivers could be getting busted for DUI.
Police in York, Adams and Lancaster counties will conduct DUI checkpoints and roving DUI patrols between now and Halloween night, which is Tuesday, Oct. 31.
Barbara Zortman, director of the Center for Traffic Safety, said it's important for people to remember that "buzzed" driving is still drunk driving, and is dangerous.
The center urges people to trick-or-treat in groups rather than alone; to carry a flashing and consider affixing reflective tape to costume; walk on sidewalks where possible; walk facing traffic where there are no sidewalks; to lift masks while walking between homes; and to always cross at corners, rather than jaywalk.
The center also said people should pay attention while walking, meaning they shouldn't look at their cellphones or walk with earbuds or headphones so they can be aware of their surroundings.
The center is advising drivers to drive at slower speeds and scan the road in front of them for children and parents crossing; to avoid using cellphones or other devices that would distract their attention from the road; and remember that dark-colored costumes may be hard to see.
Zortman said people should plan how they will get home from parties or bars before they go, either by designating a sober driver, using public transportation or a car service, or calling a sober family member or friend.
Sobriety checkpoints, roving DUI patrols and other DUI enforcement activities are funded with federal grant money distributed by the state Department of Education.
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