Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 | 6:45 p.m.
Henderson Police and local law enforcement agencies are uniting to crack down on impaired drivers in Henderson as Halloween festivities get under way.
Henderson Police official Keith Paul said that starting this weekend, saturation patrols will be on the road targeting drunken drivers. While the holiday may be synonymous with mischievous tricks, sweet treats and scary costumes, it also leads to an increase in drunken driving incidents.
Last year, a 12-year-old girl was struck and killed by a drunken driver while she was trick-or-treating in Las Vegas. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study found that 41 percent of all highway fatalities on Halloween are due to a drunken motorist.
Henderson Police recommend motorists on Halloween slow down in residential neighborhoods, take extra caution when crossing intersections, slowly enter and exit driveways and alleys, and reduce any distractions inside the car.