Halloween is that decadent time of year when adults dress like children in costumes, heavy drinking and partying is readily assumed, and cops — well, they're on high alert.
Before you get a little too excited about this season's heavy-handed dose of hedonism, you better have a plan about how you're getting to (and getting home) from the party.
From Oct. 18 to Nov. 4, Michigan police will be on high alert for impaired drivers as part of a statewide crackdown. Michigan police officers will be especially present in counties with a high number of fatal accidents involving drugs and alcohol.
According to Michigan Highway Safety (OHSP) director Michael L. Prince, "October is an especially deadly time of year for alcohol and drug-related crashes.”
“We want people to enjoy fall activities such as tailgating and Halloween parties in a safe, responsible manner." says Prince. "Motorists are advised to drive sober as officers will be conducting strict, stepped up enforcement to reduce traffic crashes, fatalities, and injuries.”
In 2017, 359 people were killed in alcohol-involved traffic crashes, an increase from 274 in 2016. Many of these accidents occurred in October.
In #Michigan in 2017, the most crashes and the most injuries resulting from crashes happened in the month of October. #DriveSafe pic.twitter.com/iTtvlHAxjA— MI OHSP (@MIOHSP) October 12, 2018
If you need help getting to and from the party, download Lyft or Uber on your smartphone, or call one of Detroit's many cab services.
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