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Drunk Drivers Canít Hide Behind Halloween Costumes
Drivers Beware: The Ocala Police Department Cracking Down on
Drinking and Driving for the Halloween Weekend.

[Ocala, FL]ó As party-going ghosts and goblins celebrate Halloween this October, everyone should heed the Ocala Police Departmentís warnings to keep the party off the road. Drivers beware; local law enforcement across the region will be cracking down on drunk drivers with an aggressive Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. enforcement blitz.

Nighttime is a dangerous time to be on the road, but Halloween night is often times one of the deadliest nights of the year for impaired drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2008, 58 percent of all highway fatalities across the nation on Halloween night (6 p.m. Oct. 31 to 5:59 a.m. Nov. 1) involved a driver or a motorcycle rider with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, which is illegal in every state.

The Ocala Police Department recommends these simple tips:
 Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
 Before drinking, please designate a sober driver and give that person your keys;
 If youíre impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely;
 If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, donít hesitate to contact your local law enforcement;
For more information and media-ready graphics, please visit: http://www.stopimpaireddriving.org/planners/Halloween2010/index.cfm

The scariest part of Halloween isnít the spooky costumes and scary pranks; itís the fact that too often impaired drivers donít plan ahead and end-up making the roads scarier than a horror show. We encourage citizens to remember that there isnít a Halloween costume clever enough to hide an impaired driver who has made the poor decision to get behind the wheel. Ocala Police Department officers are committed to helping keep the roads safe for everyone out to enjoy the holiday.

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