Scariest Thing at Halloween: The Drunk Driver

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(COLO) – Kids aren’t the only ones that enjoy Halloween. Any Colorado State trooper can share stories about adults who enjoy celebrating this holiday, sometimes too much. A word of friendly advice for this year: if a Halloween party or evening out is in your weekend plans, take a moment now to arrange a sober ride home.

In 2022, 278 people died as a result of impaired driving, which is almost a 6% increase from 2021.  The Colorado State Patrol investigated 2,079 injury, property and fatal crashes due to impaired driving, which resulted in 115 of those statewide fatalities. 

“Drunk drivers come in all shapes and sizes,” stated Col. Matthew C. Packard, chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “October was a busy month for our Troopers last year for some very depressing reasons. No one needs to live a nightmare; every driver can make a responsible choice.”

To help save time finding a costume this year, the Colorado State Patrol has a recommendation inspired by those who fail to plan for a sober driver.

Scariest thing on Halloween

“This ‘look’ is unattractive and scary. And this ‘look’ can cost you a lot,” explained Col. Packard. “It can cost you over $13,500, your license, your job, and even your freedom. Or worse yet, it could cost a life.”

Troopers continue to take a low-tolerance approach to the top fatal crash factors, including lane violations, while launching a yearlong campaign called “Drive Safe.” This campaign reminds people to control their lane position based on their current driving environment.


Since our origin in 1935, the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) has focused on preserving human life and protecting property within our communities. Our 1,100 members embody the core values of Honor, Duty, and Respect in their daily jobs.  In addition to our expertise in motor vehicle safety on the state’s roadways, the CSP is responsible for the Governor and other dignitaries’ protection, commercial motor vehicle enforcement, hazardous materials, homeland security, communications, investigative services, criminal interdiction, community education, aviation operations, and more.