Operation Scared Safe aims to deter drunk driving around Halloween

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SUMNER COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Are you afraid of the ghosts and goblins that accompany Halloween? Apparently the real horror can be found out on Tennessee roads.

Law enforcement agencies from across Sumner County came together Monday morning to announce Operation Scared Safe.

It’s an initiative starting Thursday and running through Oct. 31 aimed to prevent drunken driving-related crashes and fatalities during the Halloween weekend.

Tony Burnett with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (Photo: WKRN)
Tony Burnett with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (Photo: WKRN)

“The scariest thing this weekend is not a horror film, it’s not a mask, it’s not a trick or treat… The scariest thing is when people refuse to be responsible with choices that affect other people on our roadways,” said Tony Burnett with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office.

According to the safety office, 43 percent of fatalities during Halloween are alcohol-related.