DeWitt (WSYR-TV) - With Halloween falling on a weeknight this year, police say they will be zeroing in on drunk-driving detail this weekend as adults head out to holiday parties.
Police rank Halloween in the same bracket as New Year’s Eve and St. Patrick’s Day – holidays that may be traditionally associated with alcohol.
With Halloween falling on a weekday, police say the weekend preceding the holiday has them concerned.
Statistics indicate that there are a high number of drunk drivers on the road around Halloween – and police say they will be out looking for them.
"We hope we don't find anyone. Again, it’s a necessary part of our duties to keep people who are driving while they're drunk off the roadways,” said DeWitt Police Chief Gene Conway.
And police know what signs to look for.
"A wide turn is the number one indication that someone has been drinking and driving. I have no problem telling people that because you can't stop it, you can concentrate as much as you want but if you've been drinking and you're out driving you're going to take a wide turn, you're going to weave within your lane,” said DeWitt Police Officer Chase Bilodeau.
Departments all over Onondaga County will be getting money from the Stop DWI program specifically for patrols this weekend to look for drunk drivers – and don't think they'll just be out on the busy roads.
“Your regular patrols are already on the main streets and main drags and that's what they're patrolling, but now you have the extra funds from Stop DWI and extra cars out there to enforce all the streets, side streets, neighborhood streets,” Bilodeau said.
They say if you’re going to party, plan for a safe way to return home because police have made their weekend plans.
Stop DWI programs are funded by fines and penalties from drunk driving offenses.
Police plan another DWI patrol saturation locally on the night before Thanksgiving.