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Halloween DUI checkpoints should scare adults

A man blows into a breathalizer during a field sobriety test after he was stopped by San Bruno Police officers at a DUI checkpoint in San Bruno, California.
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A man blows into a breathalizer during a field sobriety test after he was stopped by San Bruno Police officers at a DUI checkpoint in San Bruno, California.

Halloween means candy and costumes for kids — and DUI checkpoints for adults.

Extra patrols and LAPD checkpoints have been in effect throughout the weekend and they'll continue Monday night at various locations around Los Angeles.

Detective Bill Bustos with the LAPD's Valley Traffic bureau, says Halloween falling on a Monday could increase the number of DUI arrests as people turn the holiday into a three-day party.

"We anticipate the numbers probably being a little bit higher because more people are celebrating and having their parties during the weekend, that's going to continue on to Monday on Halloween evening," he tells KPCC.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, on Halloween night in 2015, 106 people died nationwide and more than half of those deaths involved a crash with a drunk driver — compared to one-third on an average day.

If you don't want to get tossed in the slammer with real zombies and slashers, authorities urge you to use a ride-sharing app, take public transit or make sure you have a sober designated driver.

Bustos also reminds revelers that it's a bad idea to use Halloween costumes or masks to try to hide impaired driving.

Final arrest numbers will be out after the holiday.