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Craig briefs: AAA recommends safe options for New Year’s motorists

As Coloradans prepare to celebrate the final night of 2014, AAA strongly encourages arranging a safe ride home before partaking in any New Year’s festivities. The following suggestions can help protect you and your family:

• Drive only while drug and alcohol-free

• Never ride in a car with someone who is under the influence

• Select a designated driver

• Plan to take a cab

• Stay with a friend

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AAA Colorado strives to provide its members with roadside assistance as quickly as possible. If you do not need roadside assistance but are looking for a safe ride home, please visit AAA.com/SafeRide for listing of cab companies and other safe ride options in your area.

AAA works year round to educate motorists about driving practices that will help keep them safe and reduce traffic-related crashes and the injuries that can result. In addition to the suggestions above, AAA recommends being a responsible host. Encourage sensible drinking by serving non-alcoholic drinks, serving food or light hors d’oeuvres and never give alcohol to anyone under 21.

Immediately report impaired drivers to area law enforcement. Be ready to provide the license plate number, description of the vehicle and the direction in which the car was traveling. Keep your vehicle at a safe distance, and do not try to intervene.

Village Inn launches 1st responders campaign

To celebrate the holiday season, Village Inn is kicking off its second annual Serving Those Who Serve Us campaign to honor those who serve the community and cannot always be home for the holidays, according to a press release.

Whether it's a doctor or nurse on call, a firefighter working on Christmas Eve, a police officer on duty Thanksgiving night or active or retired military personnel from the local community — Village Inn wants to make sure these first responders still have a sweet and happy holiday.

With Serving Those Who Serve Us, Village Inn gives people the chance to nominate local heroes to enjoy The Best Pie In America by receiving a dozen free whole pies to enjoy and share with their family and colleagues during the holidays. Launched last year, the Serving Those Who Serve Us program received hundreds of nominations and honored first responders all across the country for service to their local community.

Nominators are limited to one nomination per holiday that can be made online through http://www.villageinn.com/servingthosewhoserveus or by clicking on the link to the nomination form on Village Inn's Facebook page. Selected winners will be notified and a pie delivery will be coordinated.

Nominations for Village Inn's "Serving Those Who Serve Us" began at 9 a.m. Nov. 3 and ends at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Gas prices continue to fall

Average retail gasoline prices in Colorado have fallen 13.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.19 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,158 gas outlets in Colorado. This compares with the national average that has fallen 9.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.28 per gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Colorado during the past week, prices Sunday were 92.3 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 62.7 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 50.6 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 100.5 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

"The dramatic decline at the pump continues to reap significant savings for the motoring public — over $525 million less spent every day versus this past summer, or $375 million less than the same time last year," said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy. "The slump in crude oil has wavered slightly and we’re in the fourth quarter of the game. However, there is still a chance that crude prices resume their slump again, and carry the pump plunge into overtime,” DeHaan said.