Law enforcement steps up patrols for Halloween

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- Halloween on a Friday night is a challenge for law enforcement officers across the state as they try to protect trick-or-treaters from adults who may have had too much to drink.

More than a dozen law enforcement agencies are teaming up for "Drive Hammered ... Get Nailed!" The statewide program enforces a zero-tolerance policy on driving impaired.

"The truth is going to come out. If you're impaired, you're going to get arrested, even at 0.08," said Alberto Gutier, the director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

3TV has learned Halloween has been a dangerous holiday on the roads. Officials say in 2011, nearly 1,400 drivers were arrested for DUI. It was slightly below that in 2012 with more than 1,100 but spiked again last year with more than 1,200. The statistics are staggering but law enforcement agencies are taking them very seriously.

"Our officers are very dedicated. Our officers are out there making sure that all the streets are safe but also making sure that people get the message about drinking and driving. There's nothing wrong with going out to a bar, enjoy, but if you feel you're impaired, call a cab," he said.

Partiers can also call AAA's Tipsy Tow program for a free one-way ride and tow home, up to 10 miles.

Linda Gorman says even non-AAA members have access to the program, and she expects hundreds will take advantage of it this Halloween.

"We're an advocate for motor safety and so it's part of our mission to keep drunk drivers, people who have been intoxicated, off the roadways, so it's something that we firmly believe in," she said.

Tipsy Tow is available throughout the state. For more information call 1-800-AAA-HELP.