Police: Halloween drivers will find more traffic enforcement

Police will increase enforcement and set up drunken-driving checkpoints at various locations on Halloween.

The enforcement will address both traffic and pedestrian safety concerns on “a particularly deadly night due to impaired drivers,” said Sgt. Nick Krau of the DUI Task Force.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 52 percent of highway fatalities nationwide on Halloween night involve drivers or motorcycle riders with blood-alcohol levels of .08 percent or higher. “These facts are alarming, as we all know many children will be out in our community trick-or-treating on Halloween night,” Krau said.

Police are asking people attending Halloween activities to plan a safe way home and designate a sober driver before they begin drinking.

For those traveling to Lahaina on Halloween, a Halloween Express Bus will pick up and drop off passengers at War Memorial Gym in Wailuku and Kihei Aquatic Center in Kihei. More information is available by calling 667-9193 or online at www.visitlahaina.com.

Police said that anyone planning to consume alcohol should make arrangements to be picked up at the bus drop-off location.