TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Over the next couple of days you will start to see everything from superheroes to scary clowns as Utahns celebrate Halloween. In addition to that, you will also see extra law enforcement officers. They will be making sure everyone gets home safely by removing drunk drivers off of the road.
The Department of Public Safety issued a stern reminder on Thursday that if your Halloween plans include alcohol, it’s imperative that they also include a plan to get home without getting behind the wheel. DPS wants everyone to designate a sober driver or call a cab or ride share. They say never drink and drive.
“Get an Uber, get a Lyft, get a Taxi,” said Lt. Todd Royce, Utah Highway Patrol. “Make sure you have a designated driver.”
According to a press release from the Utah Highway Patrol, officers throughout the state will be working more than 175 overtime shifts from Friday, October 27th through Tuesday, October 31st, to look for drunk drivers.
Over the weekend, there will be an administrative check point and two saturation patrols along the Wasatch Front. And on Halloween night, the Utah Highway Patrol will be conducting a DUI blitz.
UHP says Halloween is a holiday that is increasingly being celebrated by adults. Utah statistics show that 2016 had one of the highest rates of alcohol-related crashes of all holidays.
“They’re going to costume parties, they’re going to World Series parties and a whole bunch of different activities are going on this weekend,” said Royce.
Bottom line is don’t drink and drive.