Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this Halloween

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The Berwyn Police Department is Cracking Down on Drunk Drivers

This Halloween, The Berwyn Police Department is cracking down on impaired drivers with an aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort, and is giving a fair warning to all partygoers: keep the party off the road. “Driving while alcohol or drug impaired is deadly, it is illegal, and it will get you pulled over and arrested this Halloween,” said Chief James Ritz. “If you want to stay safe and out of jail this Halloween, make a plan to get home without driving if you’re impaired.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nationally 43 percent of all people killed in motor vehicle crashes on Halloween night (6 p.m. Oct. 31 – 5:59 a.m. Nov. 1) from 2009 to 2013 were in crashes involving a drunk driver. On Halloween Night alone, 119 people lost their lives during that same period. Children out trick-or-treating and the parents or others accompanying them are also at risk, as 19 percent of fatal pedestrian crashes on Halloween night (2009-2013) involved drunk drivers. Even if you drive impaired and aren’t killed or seriously injured, you could end up paying as much $18,000 for a DUI.

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