It's that time of year again! Holiday shopping, parties, family gatherings, and other activities keep us on our toes and constantly entertained.
During many of these festivities, alcohol is served. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado State Patrol (CSP), and local law enforcement agencies statewide want to remind everyone to plan ahead this holiday season with a sober designated driver. A holiday Heat Is On DUI crackdown continues across the state with increased patrols through New Year's Day.
"If celebrating with alcohol this holiday season, it's a fact that every single injury and death caused by drunk driving is totally preventable," said Colonel James Wolfinbarger, chief of the Colorado State Patrol. "Make smart driving choices by always arranging ahead of time for a sober ride home by public transportation or having a designated driver. Don't ever let your friends drive drunk. Take their keys, have them stay the night, call a cab, or do whatever else is necessary - but don't let them drive! And always remember to buckle up."
Preliminary reports show there were six fatalities over the past Thanksgiving holiday weekend, four of which were reported as resulting from suspected alcohol/drug use. Additionally, law enforcement agencies made more than 535 DUI arrests during the most recent enforcement period. Last year, there were 45 fatalities on Colorado roadways during the holiday season; 15 of those were alcohol-related. There were also more than 1,680 Coloradans arrested for a DUI from Thanksgiving to New Year's.
"We want everyone to enjoy a safe and happy holiday season," said CDOT Executive Director Don Hunt. "By planning ahead motorists can embrace the spirit of the holidays responsibly and safely."
The average DUI in Colorado can cost up to $10,270, loss of your driver's license for up to a year and your freedom.blog comments powered by Disqus