Drive sober or get pulled over: Extra patrols will be on the roads this Halloween weekend

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Since Halloween falls on a weekend this year, police suspect that means there will be more parties than usual. As a result, expect more police on the roads this weekend looking for drivers who are drunk or high.

Paul Wappel, Public Information Officer for the Illinois Department of Transportation, said federal highway safety dollars will pay for extra patrols by state troopers and local police over Halloween weekend.

"There's going to be extra law enforcement agencies out and we are warning motorists about impaired driving. Drive sober or you are going to get pulled over; and drive high, you are going to get a DUI," Wappel said. "That's just how it is going to work."

Even with extra patrols, Wappel admitted police cannot be everywhere at once. He is urging anyone who suspects they see drunk or high drivers to pull over when it is safe to do so and call 911 to let police know.

He also suggested that people planning on attending Halloween parties consider alternate ways to get home, including designated drivers, taxis, rideshares, or public transit.