ASHLAND, Ore.-- Ashland is known to have quite a party scene Halloween night. The Ashland Police Department (APD) and bars are ready for the crowds and to make sure every is being safe. According to the website WalletHub, 42 percent of car accident related deaths on Halloween night involve drunk driving. Ashland bars and APD are teaming up to make sure that statistic isn't true for the city and the areas nearby.
While kids will be knocking on doors, trick-or-treating, and collecting candy, some adults will be knocking back drinks instead. APD and bars across the city are ready. O'Ryan's Irish Pub or I-Pub in Ashland expects anywhere between 70 and 95 people to be inside the bar at any point of the night. It's boosted staffing for the night with more security and extra bartenders. The bartenders aren't there to crank out as many drinks as possible but to be able to keep an eye out for anyone who is about to hit their limits.
"Instead of it being so you're just shooting out drink, you actually have some time to take a second, look at your customer, gauge how intoxicated the are, whether they need another drink or if they need some water," said O'Ryan's security and bartender Tim Davey.
The Ashland Police Department is boosting patrols as well, making sure anyone who does drink Thursday night doesn't try to get behind the wheel.
"We have really good working relationships with Talent, Phoenix, Medford, the County. The jail sends down a van so that if we have to lock people up, we only have to take them as far as the contact station downtown," said APD Chief Tighe O'Meara. "We want everybody to have fun and to have a good time but we want people to be responsible and respectful."
If someone or a designated driver does have too much to drink, O'Ryan's will call a cab to ensure they don't drive anywhere.
"There's no reason with both cab services in Ashland and Uber. There's no reason to even risk it. We work really closely with the police force too. They're going to be right around the corner," Davey added.
Law enforcement recommends that everyone starts the night off with a plane so no one is tempted to get behind the wheel at the end of the night.