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Halloween Costumes Won’t Hide Drunk Driving - Keep the Parties off of Henderson Roads

October 29, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE

PLEASE CONTACT KEITH PAUL, (702) 267-4510

Henderson, Nev. – A Halloween mask won’t hide drunken drivers from Henderson Police as officers step up enforcement starting this weekend looking for impaired drivers in order to keep our streets safe.

The Henderson Police Department’s Traffic unit will be joined by other area law enforcement agencies for saturation patrols looking for drunken drivers to help prevent a tragedy during Halloween weekend.

Nighttime is always a dangerous time on the road, but Halloween can be particularly scary if you get behind the wheel and are drunk. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 44 percent of all highway fatalities throughout the nation on Halloween weekend involved a drunk driver or a drunken motorcycle rider.

“Children will be running around our neighborhoods on Halloween,” Henderson Police Chief Patrick Moers said. “We need all motorists to be alert and sober to help prevent a tragedy. A sober and safe ride home after a Halloween party is the best treat you can give yourself and everyone else on the road.”

In 2012, 259 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes on Nevada roadways. Alcohol was a contributing factor in 74 of those deaths, according to the Nevada Department of Public Safety – Office of Traffic Safety. So far this year, 205 people have died on the state’s roadways with alcohol being a factor in 49 of those deaths.

Of the 205 people who have died in Nevada this year in traffic crashes, 146 of those deaths occurred in Clark County. At the same time last year there were 141 deaths caused by traffic collisions in Clark County. In Henderson, there have been six deaths due to traffic collisions so far this year.

The Henderson Police Traffic Unit received funding from the Department of Public Safety - Office of Traffic Safety, as part of the Joining Forces Grant. The grant provides funding for enforcement and education to reduce deaths and injuries on Nevada roadways. The grant will assist in funding special enforcement details throughout the year targeting seat belt usage, DUIs, pedestrian safety and speeding violations.

Henderson Police have tips for drivers during Halloween:

  • Slow down in residential neighborhoods and school zones. Remember the Henderson Police suggested trick-or-treating hours are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., although children may be out before or after those hours.
  • Be especially alert and take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Slowly and carefully enter and exit driveways and alleys.
  • Reduce any distractions inside your car, such as talking on the phone or eating, so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Before the Halloween festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night.
  • Always designate a sober driver.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement.

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