SUMNER COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – An initiative focused on Sumner County aims to help make sure little ghouls and goblins get home safe on Halloween.
It’s called Operation Scared Safe, and it’s aimed to deter drunk driving around the kid-centered holiday.
“Things like this are gonna make an impact in the community that my daughter’s gonna grow up in,” said Deputy Eric Craddock with the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office. “That’s important to me.”
Deputy Craddock was born and raised in Sumner County. Monday night, his eyes were peeled for impaired drivers as he teamed up with law enforcement statewide.
“We’re saturating the community in an attempt to deter impaired drivers,” said Craddock. “We’re sending out an extra amount of law enforcement officers in the area, specifically focused on those issues.”
The sheriff’s office, along with the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, are trying to stem the tide of fatal accidents county wide.
Through Oct. 25, officials report 18 people lost their lives across the county, which is double the amount from this time last year.
“Safeguard the kids,” said Craddock. “Make sure they enjoy their Halloween for years to come.”