Utah Highway Patrol on the prowl to prevent DUI on Halloween

Posted at 9:22 PM, Oct 31, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-31 23:22:50-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Highway Patrol troopers were out in force Friday night for their annual Halloween DUI blitz to make sure everyone gets to and from their Halloween celebrations safely.

During a pre-blitz ride along with Trooper Ben Fallows, he explained, "You can tell Halloween is definitely a popular holiday for going out partying and having a good time."

That's why drivers on Utah's highways can expect to see more police lights than usual.

Fallows said, "Our biggest goal is just to ensure that people have a safe night and a good Halloween."

UHP troopers have their eyes open for any signs that a driver is impaired.

"Obviously lane travel is an issue, if they're going back and forth outside of their lanes," Fallows said. "We oftentimes will have people that will call in and advise us of drivers that can't maintain their lane or driving too slow on the freeway, also too fast."

Halloween night has traditionally seen an increase in traffic related citations and crashes.

The reason? Fallows believes, "It's kind of towards the end of summer, kind of the last celebration if you will right before the season starts to get cold, kind of your last chance to get out so to speak is what I think they're probably thinking."

Fallows told FOX 13 News' someone's first DUI will cost about $10,000, not including the lives impacted.

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