"We are urging motorists to pay attention to the road and don’t drive distracted or impaired. State Troopers will seek out and remove any aggressive or impaired drivers from our roadways to allow for a safe and happy Halloween," Trott said.
According to a press release issued by the state, the Centers for Disease Control said that children are four times as likely to be struck by a vehicle on Halloween. And the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that 52 percent of all fatalities on Halloween involve a drunk driver.
In 2012, three people were killed in Tennessee between 6 p.m. on Oct. 31 and 6 a.m. on Nov. 1. Two of those deaths were alcohol related. No one died during the same time period in 2011. Last Halloween, the THP issued 328 speeding citations and arrested 13 people on suspicion of drunken driving.
The state said, as of Monday, there were 66 pedestrian deaths this year. That is 15 more than the same time frame last year. A study by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis showed that the most dangerous hour for pedestrians was 6 to 7 p.m.
The THP said they will conduct bar and tavern checks, sobriety checkpoints, and "seat belt saturations" tomorrow. A list of the checkpoints wasn't provided with the release, but the following checkpoints were previously scheduled for Halloween:
- Blount County: William Blount Drive (SR335) at Big Springs Road (Seatbelt).
- Union County: SR 33 at 61 E (Seatbelt).
- McMinn: Hwy 11 at Co Rd 350 (Driver License).
- Wilson: Central Pike at John Hager Road (Sobriety).
- Lawrence: Highway 98 at the 5.5 Mile Marker (Driver License).
- Maury: Tom J. Hitch Parkway at Iron Bridge Road (Sobriety).
The THP's Halloween safety tips can be viewed here.