As party-going ghosts and goblins celebrate Halloween this October, the Gonzales Police Department reminds everyone to keep the party off the road.


As party-going ghosts and goblins celebrate Halloween this October, the Gonzales Police Department reminds everyone to keep the party off the road.

“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 Chief Sherman Jackson. “Whether you’ve had one too many or way too many it is just not worth the risk."

Remember: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.

Nighttime is an especially dangerous time to be on the road, but Halloween night is often one of the deadliest nights of the year for impaired drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2008, 58 percent of all highway fatalities across the nation on Halloween night (6 p.m. Oct. 31 to 5:59 a.m. Nov. 1) involved a driver or a motorcycle rider with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, which is illegal in every state.

“The scariest part of Halloween isn’t the spooky costumes and scary pranks,” said Chief Jackson. “It’s the fact that too often impaired drivers don’t plan ahead and end-up making the roads scarier than a horror show.”

Chief Jackson recommends these simple tips for a safe Halloween:

• Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin
• Before drinking, designate a sober driver
• If you’re impaired, call a sober friend or family member, or call a taxi
• If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact
the police department

And remember:  Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk. If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.