Police promise no treats for impaired drivers on Halloween

October 30, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 30, 2010

Police intend to scour King County roads to keep the scares and horrors off of the streets during Halloween weekend.

Halloween is a deadly night due to the high number of impaired drivers on the roads. In 2008, 58 percent of all national highway fatalities on Halloween night involved a driver or a motorcycle rider with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 or above.

“Traffic crashes kill or seriously injure hundreds of people in King County each year, and driving impaired is a leading cause of these crashes,” Dr. David Fleming, director and health officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, said in a statement. “Treat everyone to a fun and safe Halloween by driving sober or planning a safe ride home.”

King County had a record low of 76 deaths from traffic crashes last year. Officials attribute the decline to a number of factors, including strong enforcement of drunken driving laws. Despite the decline, 568 people died in traffic crashes in King County from 2004-08.

The extra patrols started Thursday night. The traffic safety emphasis patrol, dubbed Surround the Sound, is part of a statewide push to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2030.

Surround the Sound includes several police departments in nearby cities, plus the Washington State Patrol. Issaquah police plan a similar effort for Halloween weekend.

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