Local law enforcement and Z.A.D.D. (Zombies Against Drunk Driving) have partnered for a second year with law enforcement in a campaign to remind Utahns of the chilling and possibly life-altering effects of driving under the influence of alcohol.
On Friday, October 25, at 5 p.m., law enforcement officers and zombies will begin scaring the bajeebees out of anyone planning to drink and drive. The zombies and officers will visit the following locations to share the DUI-prevention message with Utahns who look to celebrate the Halloween season with a few drinks.
October 25, 2013, locations and times:
City Creek Center South Temple entrance (5-6 p.m.) and Green Pig (6:30-7:30 p.m.)
October 31, 2013 locations and times:
The Gateway movie complex (5-6 p.m.) and Lumpys Bar and Grill (6:30-7:30 p.m.)
During the Halloween season, law enforcement steps up patrols, increasing checkpoints to ensure that Utah streets are safe and drivers stay alcohol-free. Colonel Daniel Fuhr of the Utah Highway Patrol warns, "When drivers fail to be responsible, those few glasses of alcohol can quickly turn a fun evening into a scary nightmarePlan before you go out, and remember, whether you’ve had way too many or just one too many it’s just not worth the risk."
Utah Highway Safety Director Dave Beach adds, "Halloween is an exciting night to celebrate with close friends and family. But no celebration should ever end with the scary consequences of drunk driving. Plan ahead. Designate a sober driver."
In years past, Utah had nearly 300 highway fatalities, with a substantial number of those fatalities being alcohol-related. DUI Enforcement Mobilization is a statewide media and community outreach campaign focused on changing Utah citizens’ current perceptions and behaviors of driving under the influence of alcohol and reinforcing the message that impaired driving is one of America’s most often committed and deadliest crimes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign goal is to provide resources to communities to help keep their streets DUI-free.