Downey Police patrolling for drunk drivers tonight

Downey police officers will be actively searching for drunk drivers as part of an expanded DUI deployment tonight. 

"If you want to stay safe this Halloween then make a plan to get home without driving if you've been drinking," said Downey Police Chief Carl Charles. "Just one drink impairs judgment, so plan to get home by taxi, ride share, mass transit or designate a sober driver. 

"Buzzed driving is drunk driving, so plan ahead and stay safe." 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 43 percent of all motor vehicle crashes on Halloween night from 2009 to 2013 involved drunk driving. 

Drivers caught driving impaired can face jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspensions and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.