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For Immediate Release: October 24, 2014
Contact: Lt. Craig Cvetan or Sgt. Vincent Shirey (614) 752-2792

Be safe while celebrating this Halloween
Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving


COLUMBUS – No Halloween costume or decoration is as scary as the consequences of drunk driving. This Halloween, remember that Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol will be cracking down on impaired drivers to keep roadways safe for travel.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost half (48 percent) of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities on Halloween night in 2012 involved a drunk driver. In 2012 alone, 26 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes on Halloween night.

“The Patrol takes the crime of impaired driving seriously,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. “The tragedies caused by drunk driving are easily preventable, and everyone should do their part by refraining from driving while impaired.”

In addition, Agents with the Ohio Investigative Unit are reminding everyone who is under 21 that it is against the law to purchase, possess or consume alcohol. It is also illegal to furnish alcohol to anyone who is underage or intoxicated. 

Bar staff need to verify the ages of patrons, to ensure that everyone ordering and consuming alcohol is at least 21 or older. Agents are also asking for bar staff to look out for their patrons – don’t over-serve anyone and keep a watchful eye for drugged drinks.

Agents will be assisting local and state law enforcement agencies with trace-back investigations stemming from alcohol involved crashes or incidents.

Following these simple tips can help ensure that everyone enjoys their Halloween celebration:

  • Be responsible by not drinking and driving. Designate a sober driver before festivities begin, or plan to use a taxi or public transportation.
  • Drink responsibly if you are 21 or older. Bartenders or friends may refuse to serve you. Do not drink if you are younger than 21.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, call #677 to report it. You might save a life.

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