A Halloween mix of boos and booze? Police boosting patrols

EXETER TWP., Pa. - DUI patrols will be popping up on roads around the region ahead of Halloween. Police said they will have extra officers out on the roads to catch impaired drivers.

"Halloween is as much an adult time to have fun as it is for children now," said C. Stephen Erni, executive director of the Pennsylvania DUI Association. "The difference is, drivers of all ages can get behind the wheel impaired and cause serious harm to children, themselves or others."

If you plan to go to a Halloween party, make a plan ahead of time to get home safely, police said. They suggest calling a friend, taking a cab, or using a ride-sharing app. Otherwise, the fun holiday could end in disaster.

"You know, you're going to have little toddlers running all across the street," said Sgt. Sean Fullerton, Exeter Township Police Department. "Sometimes it's pitch dark, little kids running all over the place, so we want to be extra careful."

From 2012 to 2016, more than 7,000 crashes occurred statewide the weekend before, during, and after Halloween, according to PennDOT, whose records also show a total of 98 alcohol-related crashes statewide on the last three Halloweens.

Police said there are steps parents can also take to keep their children safe while trick-or-treating. They said make sure kids are visible by putting them in bright-colored clothing or making them carry a flashlight. Also, keep trick-or-treaters close by. Don't let them wander too far.

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