Berrien County Sheriff to increase Halloween drunk driving enforcement

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If your Halloween festivities involve alcohol, plan a sober ride home.

That advice from the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office, which is planning to dedicate extra deputies and patrols this Friday and Saturday in an attempt to keep pedestrians and motorists safe.

Between 2014 and 2018, there were 145 drunk driving fatalities on Halloween night. 41% of all people killed in motor vehicle crashes on Halloween between those years were in crashes involving a drunk driver.

The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office asks those who do plan to head out for a night of Halloween partying to follow these simple tips for a safe evening:

  • Remember it’s not okay to drink and drive. Designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation to get home safely.
  • If you see a suspected drunk driver on the road, contact the Berrien County Dispatch Center.
  • If you have a friend who is about to drink and drive, take their keys away and make arrangements for them to get home safely.
  • Remember “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.”

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