It’s a mild start for December in Alamosa, Pueblo and even the Springs, but that won’t stop all the celebrations this time of year. Whether under flurries or clear blue skies, the gift exchanges, Christmas potlucks, and office parties are inked onto the calender!
All year long we look forward to this season of “eat, drink and be merry!” And as much as we get a kick out of our friends’, co-workers’ and relatives’ over-indulgences, there’s one aspect to party time that’s no laughing matter.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared December as National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month. Whether it’s done voluntarily or accidentally, we are all capable of going overboard with food and drink when we’re having fun. It’s important to have a good time, but it’s also important to plan ahead. Here’s why:
The CDC reports that in a single year, more than 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. That’s less than 1% of the estimated 159 million instances of drunk/drugged driving American adults actually admit to each year!
So, if we can pretend for a minute that these statistics spread out equally over all 12 months and among all 50 states, then that would mean 265,000 people will drive in Colorado while knowingly under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol just during the month of December. Can you believe it?
From Alamosa on up the Front Range, we’ll be celebrating the holidays all month long. That makes December a particularly fun month, and also a more dangerous one. Please plan ahead! Have a designated driver when you head out to party. Better yet, be a designated driver! And definitely make sure your friends and co-workers don’t take control of the car keys when they are intoxicated. There will be plenty of parties for everybody to take a turn at being a good citizen.