Extra law enforcement presence for Halloween weekend


LIMA — The Allen County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol and other local law enforcement agencies will be working overtime Friday through Oct. 31 to stop and arrest impaired drivers. According to a statement from the Lima-Allen County Safe Community Coalition, officers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers during times when Halloween trick-or-treat activities are likely to be taking place.

Halloween night is often one of the deadliest nights of the year, according to coalition spokesperson Evelyn Smith.

Nationwide, from 2012 through 2016, 168 people died during the Halloween holiday period, and 44 percent of all traffic fatalities involved an impaired driver.

“There isn’t a Halloween costume clever enough to hide an impaired driver who has made the poor decision to get behind the wheel,” said Smith. “Whether you’ve had one too many — or way too many — it is just not worth the risk. Remember, drive sober or get pulled over.”

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