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Extra DWI Patrols During Halloween Weekend

10/26/2012 - 9:00 AM

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The scariest thing on Halloween isn’t just your costume, its drunk driving. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, drunk driving has resulted in seven deaths and 24 serious injuries during Halloween party weekends in the last five years.

Minnesota State Patrol troopers, county deputies and officers are increasing their DWI enforcement this Halloween weekend. If you do plan on drinking make sure to plan a sober ride or let friends know if you are able to provide a safe ride home.

You should also call 911 if you witness someone driving dangerously and always make sure to wear your seat belt.

The DPS also wants you to remember the importance of pedestrian safety on Halloween.  Trick-or-treaters and parents should review basic rules such as being aware of moving traffic, cross streets only at the intersection or marked crosswalks, carry flashlights and use reflective clothing.  Trick-or-treaters should always look both ways as they cross the street, as distracted drivers may not be looking for them.  Drivers should also reduce their speeds and be prepared to see and stop for pedestrians.