SACRAMENTO– If history tells the story, Halloween on a Saturday night lends itself to large parties for both the young and not-so-young, parties that often include alcoholic beverages.
"We know that drinking and driving on Halloween night can lead to deadly consequences," said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. "Pedestrians out at night, many of them in dark costumes, often in areas where there are curves in the road and no sidewalks. It can be a very dangerous night."
In an effort to keep Halloween night safe, California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) agents will team up with local law enforcement agencies and college police departments throughout California to enforce underage drinking laws.
“Too many Californians are killed or injured in alcohol-related crashes and incidents and hopefully enforcement efforts will prevent tragedies from occurring,” said ABC Director Tim Gorsuch.
ABC agents will check on licensed businesses and be on the lookout for large parties and adults who furnish alcohol to minors.
"We know from experience that Halloween on a Saturday night is a big party night," said California Alcoholic Beverage Control Agents (CABCA) President Kevin Highbaugh. "We want everyone to safely enjoy themselves. Have a designated driver, do not serve alcohol to minors, and be ever so careful out on the road."