Local police departments increase DUI enforcement during busy Halloween party season

| 29 Sep 2011 | 09:53

    PIKE COUNTY -In Pike County and throughout Pennsylvania, police are stepping up drunk driving enforcement in an effort to make Halloween safer for motorists and pedestrians. Local police are planning extra patrols and sobriety checkpoints during what has become a time of particular concern for driving under the influence. “What may start as a night of harmless Halloween fun can quickly become a nightmare if you choose to get behind the wheel after drinking,” explains Nina Woodling, coordinator of the Monroe-Pike Highway Safety Program. “Drinking and driving could land you in jail, the hospital or worse. If you have been drinking, the only good decision you can make is to catch a ride with a sober driver.” Local police departments plan to participate in community outreach activities and distribute informational coasters during the Halloween season. The public awareness campaign and increased enforcement efforts are part of a national Halloween DUI crackdown sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and PennDOT.