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Officers gear up for Halloween patrols

 MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – While you get ready to head out for Halloween festivities this weekend, police officers are gearing up, taking extra precautions to keep your family safe.

Research compiled over the last few years from AAA, MADD, and the NHTSA continue to point to Halloween as a deadly night.

AAA sites the NHTSA in saying Halloween is the deadliest night for pedestrians.

The NHTSA writes that nationwide, Halloween is a particularly deadly night due to the high number of drunk drivers on the roads and the increase in pedestrians during the evening hours.

Over the years, 23 percent of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween night involved a drunk driver, according to the NHTSA.

Locally, law enforcement agencies are starting their patrol this weekend as activities across the Grand Strand kick off for the holiday.

“We have extra officers on the road to respond to calls for service. We'll be looking for people that have been drinking and driving. Trying to get them off the roadway and minimizing collisions,” said Master Corporal Shannon Toole with the Myrtle Beach Police Department.

The police force will reallocate resources based on the time of day and the activities occurring.

“Like any holiday, you have the adult side of it with drinking and reveling. And you have the children side of it. We'll split our resources to make sure we're covering both of them,” said Master Corporal Toole.

Safety is the department's number one priority.

“We want people to go out, we want them to have a good time, we want them to get home safely,” he said.

Some venues, such as Broadway at the Beach and House of Blues, will have a large number of people concentrated in a limited area. The MBPD will be present to deter crime, fighting, and driving and driving.

“Both of the venues have their own security which polices within. We will assist by giving extra aid,” said Master Corporal Toole.


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