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DUI Patrols Upped For Halloween Night

Additional deputies will patrol Orange County cities to deter intoxicated Halloween revelers from driving.

Halloween partiers who venture out on to the streets will face additional police patrols Wednesday evening as part of an effort to keep impaired drivers from driving.

"Keep the party off the road," is the message the task force wants to get across to costumed revelers this year.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department will be deploying additional deputies and supplementing routine patrols in several communities in the county.

“Local revelers should be aware that their Halloween disguises won't make them invisible to the police, sheriff or CHP officers who will crack down on drunk and drug impaired drivers throughout the region with an aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort,” said OCSD Deputy Wayne Howard.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 41 percent of all highway fatalities in the country during the 2010 Halloween period (from 6 p.m. Oct. 29 to 6 a.m. Nov. 1) involved a driver or a motorcyclist with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. 

“The scariest parts of Halloween aren’t the spooky costumes and scary pranks,” said Christopher J. Murphy, director of the California Office of Traffic Safety. “It’s the fact that too often drivers don’t plan ahead and end up turning reality into something much worse than a horror movie.”

To keep safe this Halloween, the Avoid DUI Task Force recommends these simple tips:

  • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
  • Taking medication or using drugs can impair your driving. Never mix drugs with alcohol.
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home.
  • If you’re impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, call 911.
Charles October 31, 2012 at 06:23 PM
While they're at it, start busting all the loud illegally chopped muffler Harleys and loud modified muffler rice burner cars. The more of them you bust, the more money for the state or county. The cops could make a killing on Sundays busting all the Harleys.
June N. Coddington October 31, 2012 at 07:30 PM
If you hear the pipes it may save a motorcycle riders and your life. Look twice before changing lanes.
Just Me October 31, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Sorry Charlie....you have not idea how many times "Loud Pipes" have saved my life. At least once every other day I have someone coming into my lane while texting, shaving, putting on makeup, etc. and the only thing that makes them look over and see me is a twist of the throttle. I'll make you a deal, I'll change my pipes when you get everyone else to focus on their driving and not try and kill me....fair?
Charles October 31, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Sorry, JustCrashed, but "loud pipes saves lives" is a myth. The two types of bikes that most often use loud pipes (cruisers and sport bikes) are significantly overrepresented in crash data (accidents per type vehicle mile). In fact, according to the IIA (Insurance Institute of America) for the ninth consecutive year, Harley Davidson motorcycles lead the nation in motorcycle accidents by brand of motorcycle. Harley Davidson owners are preoccupied with image and sound. Loud pipes on Harleys complement these phoney balonies' stupid facial expressions when they drive down the street. "Look at me, I'm cool!" and the draw attention to their endless, and now meaningless, displays of flag waving patriotism. I'll make you a deal, you change your pipes and I won't file a disturbing the peace and noise ordinance violation against you.
Jeff Santoni October 31, 2012 at 09:16 PM
How about devoting 10% of the supplemental patrols to traffic enforcement when it comes to pedestrians and cyclists! Absolutely sick and tired of uneducated drivers when it comes to STOPPING when pedestrians are crossing something as simple as the street.
Jeff Santoni October 31, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Been riding 25 years and if not for loud pipes, I would have been taken out at least a dozen times, and no I don't split lanes or race.
Jeff Santoni October 31, 2012 at 09:19 PM
June,that would take common sense ...
Jeff Santoni October 31, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Charles, they would make a killing if LE wrote tickets for texting and talking ..... My estimate is 60% still don't abide by the law.
Just Me October 31, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Anyone else think Charles is Jealous? Possibly even tried and failed the riders test at the DMV? File away... By the way, the off duty cops I ride with have pipes louder than mine :) Jeff I agree 100%. The last one that almost got me was eating a bowl of cereal and driving with her knees on Oso in the morning. And yes....a quick blip and she looked left, saw me and straightened out. You can quote all the studies you want but they never seem to capture the accidents that "don't" happen due to the pipes. If I had a louder horn, I'd use that too.
Just Me October 31, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Just realized where Charles' data came from. He's quoting the 1981 Hurt report....did I mention that's from 1981? Check the Maids report instead. It shows that scooters are the worst for accidents followed by Sport and then Conventional Street. The lowest was Conventional Street Modified, Chopper and Cruiser with the lowest accident ratio vs vehicle exposure as the Cruiser. This report came out in 2004 I believe.
Dan Owen November 01, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Heads up Charlie: It's a fix it ticket, no fine if your stopped. OCSD has better things to do than that crap. The only city that tried it was Laguna Beach. Didn't pan out since most everybody they stopped was a fireman or with law enforcement

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