As you begin to pack your bags and load the car for the long, holiday weekend, the Colorado Department of Transportation is also sending out its troops to begin cracking down on DUI. The Colorado DOT reports that “over 100 law enforcement agencies and Colorado State Patrol troops [will be] hitting roadways with increased DUI patrols and sobriety checkpoints.” During Independence Day weekend last year, the DOT reveals, “half of the 10 traffic fatalities that occurred in the state involved alcohol, and 620 drivers were arrested for DUI.”
This holiday weekend, celebrate responsibly by taking precautions to stay safe on the road and off. Here are some July 4th safety tips to help you celebrate Independence Day without ending the weekend in handcuffs:
- Check your Vehicle’s Maintenance: Before you head for the highways, check to see that your car is in the right condition to make a long drive. Monitor tire pressure, put proof of car insurance in the glove compartment, and pack jumper cables in case your car battery dies. And don’t forget to buckle up before you hit the road.
- Plan Ahead: During the holiday weekend, you’ll likely encounter heavy traffic, road blocks, and detours. Plan your trip ahead of time so you don’t feel the need to rush to your destination. CO Trip, a service of the Colorado DOT, provides information on the latest road conditions, closures, and traffic conditions.
- Don’t Drink and Drive: Whether in the backyard, bar, or on a boat, do not mix drinking and driving. Drunk driving is never safe, but given the increased amount of alcohol and people traveling this holiday weekend, take the extra measure of putting sober friends' and cab company phone numbers on speed dial.
The Colorado DOT also provides free online and smart phone resources to help you monitor your BAC level, contact a cab company, and get home safely.
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