Party People, grab a DD this spookfest! Utah Highway Patrol is dubbing Halloween the next big “drunk holiday.” Growing safety concerns about the rise in partiers driving under the influence around the holidays prompted UHP to secure, through federal grants and profits from assessed fines, an impressive new $100K mobile command center designed specifically for operating at DUI sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols throughout the state, as well as at special events where drinking is likely to occur, like stadiums and fairs. This “BATmobile” (aka “Blood Alcohol Testing machine”), which was unveiled this month, contains the advanced technology you would normally find only in a jail or police station intox room, such as Intoxilyzer breath testing machines, blood and urine testing facilities, and lots of cameras to record everything that happens inside (so watch what you say and do; it can be used in court!). Having the mobile unit on site will allow law enforcement officers to process suspected DUIs more quickly and conveniently, which will naturally raise the total number of DUIs they pick up in one of their sobriety nets (and generate more revenue for them). Along with the new heavy machinery comes an additional 150 DUI enforcement shifts for law enforcement agencies statewide this entire week, with a special emphasis on Halloween night, in hopes to make the fun holiday safer. As part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, the rolling DUI lab is hard to miss: It’s fully wrapped with a billboard-style picture of police officers behind the counter of a fully stocked bar, presumably serving up jail time for those who overdo it on the alcohol and then venture onto Utah’s streets. Be safe and smart this Halloween!