According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, in 2008 nearly 12,000 people were killed in U.S. highway crashes involving a driver with an illegal blood alcohol content of .08 or higher. On average, 1,000 Americans are killed each month as a result of speed-related crashes and these speed-related crashes cost society more than $23 billion a year.
Officers will be focusing on the areas where the police department has had the most reported traffic collisions and the most speeding complaints. Many of the officers will be working over the Halloween weekend, so a designated driver is always recommended. Also, police remind drivers there will large numbers of Halloween-related pedestrians in the neighborhoods and it is often safer to travel below the posted speed limit.