Thursday Oct 30 2008
Avoid the 7 taskforce will be out on Halloween
Officers will patrol Loomis streets
With Halloween falling on a Friday, both young and old holiday participants are advised to take care. Youngsters will take to the streets dressed in cute, funny and often scary costumes, racing from home to home screaming “trick or treat!” Everyone commuting home or heading out for the evening must stay alert and reduce speeds in residential neighborhoods. “Little ones racing for Halloween treats may not be paying attention to traffic,” said Auburn Police Chief, Valerie Harris. “Motorists should watch for children darting out from between parked cars and walking on roadways. Also, when driving, be sure to enter and exit driveways carefully. Parents, make sure your child can be seen, especially when it gets dark. Remind the kids to look both ways before crossing the street and to use the crosswalks at intersections,” said Chief Harris. Adults will head out to mark the occasion with friends and family. However, the most terrifying events this weekend come at the end of the night once the parties end. That’s when drunk or buzzed drivers take to the streets. Avoid the 7 will be out in force conducting DUI operations in and around Loomis and Rocklin. Every officer working Friday night will pay special attention toward drunk driving. The Avoid the 7 taskforce reminds everyone partying this Halloween to use a designated driver. “If you are planning on celebrating this weekend our message is simple,” said Chief Harris. “If you are caught driving impaired, you’re going to be arrested! You may have thought the haunted house was frightening – wait till you visit our jail.” There is no treat once an officer knocks on your car door. When arrested, violators will face jail time, the loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates, attorney fees, time away from work, and dozens of other expenses. Worse yet, there will be many families receiving the horrific news that a loved one has been badly hurt or killed at the hands of a drunk driver this Halloween weekend. The Avoid the 7 DUI campaign will be deploying additional officers onto the streets Friday night to reduce the death and destruction caused by drinking drivers. “Drunk driving is the top priority for the police, CHP, and Sheriff deputies in Placer County, but other motorists on the roads are one of the best weapons we have against drunk drivers,” said Chief Harris. “We’re asking the public to report drunk drivers by calling 911. Then, provide the location, direction of travel and a complete description of the vehicle. This will help to hunt them down and get them off the road.” Don’t take the chance. Remember, if you are caught over the limit, you will be under arrest.