GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – While many of you are putting the finishing touches on Halloween costumes, law enforcement throughout the East is suiting up for one of the busiest weekends of the year.
More than 20,000 are expected to flood Uptown Greenville Saturday night for Halloween. That’s why police are working to make sure it’s all treat, no tricks.
Law enforcement is kicking it up a notch, with 100 extra officers on hand from 15 different agencies. This comes after the destructive riot we saw in an off-campus student housing complex last Halloween. That’s why GPD is bringing more officers to student housing areas.
Highway Patrol steps up enforcement Friday too, kicking off a weekend-long Booze It and Lose It campaign. Troopers say they see a significant increase in DUI and DWI charges on Halloween, especially when it falls on a weekend. So they’ll have random checkpoints throughout the area.
Trooper Doug Coley says they’re pushing safety for trick-or-treaters, too.
“We’ve had some pedestrians involved in fatal collisions here lately in the county and also in the city. People that are driving need to be aware that there are pedestrians on the roadways, around the roadways,” Trooper Coley said.
They encourage parents to dress kids in bright colored clothing, or bring a flashlight so it’s easier to see them.