The New Year holiday is one of the most dangerous times of the year for fatal drunk driving accidents. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that more than half of all drivers involved in fatal car accidents were over the legal alcohol limit. It is also one of the most dangerous days for pedestrians: an average of 22 pedestrians die in New Year’s-related accidents each year.
This year, however, was a good one for Colorado. There were zero drunk driving deaths over New Year’s according to Col. James Wolfinbarger, chief of the Colorado State Patrol.
“Fortunately, none of our Troopers had to knock on a door during the holiday weekend to tell a family that one of their loved ones was killed in a drunk-driving crash,” Wolfinbarger said. “On behalf of all Coloradans and those who use our roadways, please make the resolutions to plan ahead, designate a sober driver and never drink and drive.”
A beefed up police presence may have prevented fatal car accidents. Colorado troopers increased safety efforts between December 28 and January 2.
While there were no fatal drunk driving accidents, that does not mean that everyone drove sober. Police charged 81 drivers with driving under the influence over the enforcement period. They are currently investigating a fatal accident involving a possibly intoxicated pedestrian on New Year’s Day.
If you sustained critical injuries or lost a loved one because someone decided to drive drunk, we might be able to provide options for your recovery. Call (866) 377-3800 today to schedule a free consultation with us, or visit our site to learn more about your rights after a Denver car accident.
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