The Avoid the 8 Siskiyou County DUI Task Force is planning DUI Saturation Patrols with extra officers on Halloween.

“Every patrol officer and traffic officer on routine patrol countywide will be on alert for the tell-tale signs of impairment,”?according to a press release.

“There isn’t a Halloween costume clever enough to hide an impaired driver who’s made the poor decision to get behind the wheel,” said Sheriff Jon Lopey. “Whether you’ve had one too many or way too many it is just not worth the risk. Remember, Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.”

The press release points out that National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show 48 percent of all highway fatalities across the nation on Halloween night (6 p.m. Oct. 31 to 5:59 a.m. Nov. 1) in 2009 involved a driver or a motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher.

“Scheduled saturation DUI enforcement serves as a proven deterrent with the goal of removing impaired drivers and heightened awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol,”?the release states.

The Avoid the 8 DUI Task Force recommends the following tips for a safe Halloween celebration:    

-- Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.
-- Before drinking, designate a sober, ‘Non Drinking’ driver.
-- If you’re impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
-- If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to Report Drunk Drivers, Call 911.
--?“And remember, Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk. If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.”

Funding for the Halloween Saturation Patrols is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Siskiyou County K9 Association has also purchased glow sticks for trick or treaters, according to the release. “Sheriff’s Deputies will be handing them out to children that are trick or treating.”