Sheriff Jewell Williams and Pennsylvania State Police Corporal Danea Durham announced Wed. morning that the law enforcement agencies arrested 12 fugitives wanted for DUI charges during an overnight warrant raid called Operation Halloween Sweep.
There are more pedestrians killed or injured on Halloween night than any other night.
According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- Between 2012 and 2016, 44 percent of people killed in motor vehicle crashes on Halloween night involved a drunk driver.
- 14 percent of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween night involved impaired drivers. In Pennsylvania, between 2012 and 2016, 23 percent of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween night involved an intoxicated driver.
- Every day, almost 29 people in the United States die in alcohol-related vehicle crashes—that’s one person every 50 minutes in 2016. Drunk-driving crashes claim more than 10,000 lives per year.
The law enforcement agencies partnered with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, whose special events director Cara Bevan also spoke at the press conference.
Sheriff Williams recently issued tips for Halloween safety for kids and also urged adults who may be drinking on Halloween to use a designated driver, public transportation or a ride-sharing service.