Oct. 31, 2013
Police across Central Virginia will be keeping a close eye on drivers Thursday night.
Officials say that on Halloween night from 2007 to 2011, 52 percent of the nation's fatalities came as a result of drunken driving-related crashes.
Many of those accidents involved drivers hitting pedestrians.
Albemarle County police will have an increased presence on the roads and in neighborhoods tonight, making sure everyone is staying safe.
"We want to make sure officers are in neighborhoods and they are able to patrol and make sure the cars are going slow with extra children and pedestrians on the streets tonight," says Albemarle Co. Police Spokeswoman Carter Johnson. "So we will have an increased police presence there, and of course we will be looking out later in the night for anyone that might have been drinking and driving."
Police are asking drivers to plan ahead and either designate a sober driver, or take a taxi.