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Sheriff on high-visibility patrol for Halloween weekend


ELYRIA — The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office will hold high-visibility patrol and traffic enforcement for Halloween weekend, according to a news release.

From Saturday to Oct. 31, deputies will target impaired drivers to decrease the number of alcohol and speed-related incidents on the road, as well as ensuring people are using their seat belts.

“Halloween is meant to be scary, but not when it comes to driving,” said Lorain County Sheriff Phil Stammitti. “When it comes to drunk driving, Halloween can turn the roads into a true horror story.”

The holiday is known for crashes caused by drunken drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 44 percent of all people killed in motor vehicle crashes on Halloween night from 2012 to 2016 involved a drunken driver. The age group of 21 to 34 had the most fatalities at 46 percent in drunken-driving crashes on Halloween night in 2016.

The program is funded by the Impaired Driving Enforcement Program grant, a federally funded grant with the Ohio Traffic Safety Office.

Stammitti also encouraged drivers to watch out for children trick-or-treating in the neighborhoods.

“We’d like to encourage everyone to remember ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,’ ” he said. “Let’s keep the roads safe for our little ghosts and goblins.”

Contact Bruce Walton at (440) 329-7123 or bwalton@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Facebook @BWalton440 or Twitter @BruceWalton.
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