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October 22, 2009
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Officer Katie Flood, Public Information Officer, 441.7226

Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving

Halloween is a much-loved fall tradition that is enjoyed by people of all ages. But irresponsible celebrating can quickly spoil all of the fun. That is why the Lincoln Police Department is reminding everyone that Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. To coincide with National Impaired Driving Enforcement Week, Lincoln Police have coordinated saturation details and sobriety checkpoints at undisclosed locations within the city. Funding for this increased enforcement is provided by grants from the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety (NOHS).

Officers have coordinated saturations details Thursday, October 22, 2009 through Saturday, October 24, 2009 and on Friday, October 30, 2009. Sobriety checkpoints will also be established on Saturday, October 24, 2009 and Saturday, October 31, 2009.

With Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, we want to remind revelers to be responsible by not taking the party to the roadways, putting themselves, trick-or-treaters and other motorists at risk.

Halloween is a particularly deadly night due to drunk drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2008, 58 percent of all highway fatalities across the nation on Halloween night (6 pm Oct. 31 to 5:59 am Nov. 1) involved a driver or a motorcycle rider with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, which is illegal in every state.

There are simple precautions partygoers can take such as designating a sober driver in advance or taking a taxi. We recommend these simple tips:

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