(AP) -- Illinois
government officials and the state police are asking Halloween revelers to
"keep the party off the road" and not to drive drunk.
Over the past eight years, 31 people have
been killed and more than 2,200 have been injured in crashes during Halloween.
About 40 percent of those killed died in crashes that involved alcohol.
State Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider
is urging people to designate a sober driver if they decide to attend events
that serve alcohol.
State Police said Thursday they would be
extra vigilant leading up to Halloween.
The Department of Transportation also
advised those who've been drinking to take a taxi, call a sober friend or
relative, or use public transportation.