Written by Staff Writer
‘Devil’s Night’ falls on October 31 each year, and on some nights the California Highway Patrol estimates that only about 10% of arrests made on Halloween night are connected to Halloween activities.
Yet, CHP and law enforcement officers say they are having little success in convincing Californians to stay off the streets on Saturday night — one of two nights in October when California police agencies break their night-time hours to offer public safety warnings.
This year, the CHP is offering a stern warning. “Avoid becoming a crime statistic,” a CHP statement tells Californians. The CHP has “high confidence” that this Halloween night, “Your statistics will not read “officer injured”, “prison inmate” or “dead suspect.””
AOL Freeway Traffic, the CHP’s new traffic webpage, warns of “the typical crimes linked to attending Halloween parties or parties with minors: theft and vandalism.”
California Highway Patrol Officer Jared Swyman told The Sunday Mercury that crime near parties and neighborhoods often increases once trick-or-treaters arrive. He claims that the increased number of drunk drivers around the Halloween season — particularly drunk drivers with multiple passengers — puts police in the tricky position of dealing with multiple drunk drivers at once.
The CHP reminds Californians that schools are scheduled to start back up on Wednesday, giving parents a chance to make sure their children are sober for the first time in a month. Children under the age of 16 are not allowed to drink on Halloween night — unless they are with an adult.
Aside from the CHP, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office has also issued warnings. The sheriff’s office reports that its patrol workers will be working around the clock on Saturday night and Sunday morning.