Tips for safe Halloween
- Designate a sober driver before going out and give the driver your car keys.
- If you have consumed alcohol, call a taxi, use public transportation, or call a sober friend or family member to get home safely.
- Always buckle up. It's your best defense against an impaired driver.
- Take car keys from a driver you know is impaired and help them make other arrangements to get home.
- Drivers can report drunk or aggressive drivers by calling *CSP or (STAR-277). The call is free.
Source: Colorado State Patrol and Colorado Department of Transportation
Steamboat Springs Local law enforcement officers are encouraging people who celebrate Halloween this weekend to drive safely and be aware of children on the streets.
Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Scott Elliott said Thursday that staying safe this weekend and on Halloween requires common sense and a little planning.
"Don't drink and drive," he said. "Wear your seatbelt. Have a designated driver. Watch out for slick road conditions."
Police urge Halloween partiers to designate a driver before going out or plan on using the free Steamboat Springs Transit bus system or a taxi service.
"It is a scary to think that some drivers cannot understand the very simple fact that if you drink, you do not drive," said State Patrol Chief Col. Mark Trostel. "Driving impaired is no accident, and when we catch you for driving impaired this Halloween or anytime, we will arrest you. No exceptions. No excuses."
During statewide Halloween weekend enforcement in 2006, State Patrol troopers arrested 562 people on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, Trostel said.
Colorado State Patrol and the Colorado Department of Transportation are beefing up drunken driving enforcement across the state beginning at 6 p.m. today and ending at 3 a.m. Nov. 1 as part of the state's ongoing Heat Is On campaign.
Pam Hutton, CDOT's governor's representative for highway safety, said 217 people died in 2006 in accidents related to drunk driving.
"Halloween should be a time for scary costumes, trick-or-treating with the kids and good family fun," she said. "Unfortunately, Halloween has also become a very dangerous and deadly time of year due to impaired driving."