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DeKalb County Sheriff's Office urges safe driving on Halloween

DEKALB COUNTY — The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office is warning motorists to drive sober on Halloween, because with witches, ghosts, zombies, superheroes and Disney princesses out walking for candy, the last thing anyone needs to worry about is someone driving out of control.

DeKalb County Sheriff’s Lt. Jim Burgh wants drivers to know that one drink can impair a person’s ability to make responsible choices.

“That’s why it is so important to know how you’ll get home before you leave for the party,” he said. “We urge you to plan ahead and help keep yourself and others safe.”

If safety doesn’t convince drivers who have a couple drinks at a Halloween party, which falls on a weeknight this year, perhaps the law will. The legal limit for blood-alcohol content is .08%. And if you get caught driving high, you will get a DUI, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

To be safe, follow these tips:

• Plan ahead a way to get home safe before attending a party

• Choose a sober driver, take a bus, use a ride-hailing service, or call a sober friend or family member for a ride home

• Walking while impaired can also be dangerous. Designate a sober friend to walk you home

• If you see an impaired driver on the road, call the police

• Take the keys of an impaired person who tries to drive

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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