Drive Safe This Holiday Season, Drive Sober

The Colorado State Patrol is urging us all to remember this holiday season, that sober driving is even more important when the weather conditions are treacherous.

That may seem like common sense, but it’s worth noting the particulars around that fact. Drinking slows down your reaction time. Icy roads create low-traction conditions. Those two things combined can be a recipe for disaster in common situations we all find ourselves in, every single day. 

These public safety messages come at a time when the United States normally sees an increase in drunk driving fatalities annually: the holidays. In fact, according to the United States Department of Transportation, there were an average of 300 drunk driving crash fatalities the week between Christmas and New Years in each of the last five years. 

Not only that, drinking behaviors that would be considered excessive or binge drinking, have also apparently been on the rise during the COVID-19 pandemic, and this has led to a noticed increase in the level of intoxication that police are seeing in drivers around Colorado, and the entire country. 

As Colorado State Trooper Dan Chermok recently told WesternSlopeNow.com, “Instead of people going out and having a beer or 2, they’re having 2 or 10.”

These types of anecdotes were recently backed up by a study conducted by the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health in Dallas, that found that the odds of heavy alcohol consumption among binge drinkers rose 19% for each week of quarantine.   

In an effort to tame the expected increase in drunk driving, the Colorado Department of Transportation launched its “Heat is On” enhanced enforcement campaign, which saw increased efforts at identifying intoxicated drivers across Colorado. 

So however you’re celebrating the holidays during this strange and difficult time, make sure you do so responsibly. Designate a sober driver if you’re going to be out and imbibing, or call a ridesharing service or a cab. Do your part to keep this holiday season about what matters most, friends and family, and not about a potentially tragic motor vehicle accident. 

Further Reading: Be Careful, “Drinksgiving” is Also This Week

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