The Oak Park Police Department will have an increased number of patrol vehicles on the road over the Halloween holiday weekend. Officers will be actively looking for impaired or unbuckled drivers, according to a statement from the village.
“We are giving a fair warning to motorists to keep the party off the road this Halloween,” said Deputy Police Chief Tony Ambrose. “Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs is deadly, illegal and will get you pulled over and arrested in Oak Park.”
Ambrose added, “If you want to stay safe and out of jail this Halloween, make a plan to get home without driving if you’re impaired.”
While we all want to celebrate in our costumes with friends and family, it’s important to remember the following tips provided by the Oak Park PD:
- Plan ahead. Designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys.
- If you are drunk, call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.
- Promptly report drunk drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement by pulling over and dialing 911.
- Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears a seat belt – it’s not only state law, but the best defense against a drunk driver.
Trick-or-treat hours are set between 3-7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31. The police say this is important to note because pedestrians are also in danger from impaired motorists.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) from 2009 to 2013, 43 percent of all people killed in motor vehicle crashes on Halloween night – 6 p.m. Oct. 31 to 5:59 a.m. Nov. 1 – were in crashes involving a drunk driver.
For more information on traffic safety in the village, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.