Lakemoor police to crack down on drunk driving this Halloween

'Keep the party off the road,' police say

Sarah Nader - The Algonquin home of Patrick Colcernian is elaborately decorated Halloween on Wednesday, October 31, 2012,[]

LAKEMOOR – The Lakemoor Police Department wants residents to “keep the party off the road” this Halloween as part of its anti-drunken driving effort.

Lakemoor police are planning to crack down on impaired drivers with a Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort the night of Oct. 31, according to a news release from the department.

“On Halloween, we urge you to beware of impaired driving,” Police Chief David Godlewski said in a statement. “Driving impaired by alcohol or drugs is deadly, it is illegal, and it will get you pulled over and arrested this Halloween.”

More than 300 people were killed in alcohol-impaired motor vehicle crashes in each of the past three years in the state, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In 2014, 302 people lost their lives in crashes involving at least one driver with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or higher.

That number rose slightly to 315 in 2015 and remained the same in 2016. One DUI arrest could cost an estimated $18,000 or more and result in revoked driving privileges for up to a year, according to the release.

Police advise that residents plan a ride home before enjoying Halloween festivities, designate a sober friend with whom to walk home, contact police if an impaired driver is spotted on the road and take friends’ keys if they do not appear safe to drive.

Funds from the Illinois Department of Transportation make the enforcement possible, according to the release.