(Las Vegas CBS KXNT) The most frightening creatures roaming the Las Vegas valley tonight might be driving cars while they’re under the influence of alcohol or drugs. All the more frightening because costumed children on a quest for candy will share the streets with them.
Halloween is the deadliest day of the year for pedestrians, according to an insurance industry study. Sandy Haverly of Stop DUI recalls that Halloween in Las Vegas was marred last year by the death of 12-year-old Faith Love, who was hit by a drunk driver.
“Little Faith Love was doing what millions of children do every year on Halloween night,” Haverly told KXNT. “She was simply trick-or-treating. She was run down and killed by Justin Caramanica, who was driving under the influence.”
Haverly is working with law enforcement agencies, who have promised additional patrols valley-wide on Halloween night. But she also holds parents and party hosts responsible for keeping kids safe.
“If you’re going to be hosting a party, make sure you don’t allow your guests to leave if they appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”
Drinkers, she says, can take public transportation, call a friend, or walk. And parents have to be vigilant, accompany the kids on trick-or-treating, and watch what’s going on around them.
Carimanica, the driver who struck and killed Faith Love, was arrested last month on another DUI incident as he awaits his November sentencing in Love’s death.