Don't Be Haunted by Scary Decisions – Drive Sober This Halloween

drive-sober-350x330While Halloween celebrations may be different this year, many ghosts and ghouls will still be on the “haunt” for a frighteningly good time. The Buffalo Grove police want to remind you of the importance of planning for a sober ride home and staying vigilant as little goblins may be walking along the roads after dark.

“Halloween is scary enough without adding impaired driving to the mix,” said Sergeant Michelle Kondrat. “Because even one drink can impair your ability to make responsible decisions, we urge you to make a plan for a sober ride home before you head out for the evening.”

Driving when impaired by alcohol, marijuana or any other substance in Illinois is not only scary, it’s also illegal. Remember: DUIs are not restricted to alcohol-related offenses. If you drive high, you can get a DUI.

The Buffalo Grove Police Department asks everyone to follow these simple tips to help keep our roads safe this Halloween:

  • Plan for a safe and sober way home before you go out: designate a sober driver, take public transportation, use a ride-sharing service, or call a sober friend or family member.
  • Remember, walking while impaired can be just as dangerous as driving impaired so designate a sober friend to walk you home.
  • If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact local law enforcement as soon as you can safely do so.
  • If you see an impaired person about to drive, take their keys and help them get home safely.

The Halloween enforcement effort is made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation, and is part of the statewide ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ and ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaigns. The campaign runs from October 17 through November 2, 2020.