Craig briefs: County libraries to be closed through weekend
November 26, 2015
All branches of the Moffat County Libraries will be closed through Sunday for Thanksgiving.
Small Business Saturday events begin this weekSmall Business Saturday events begin this week
Small Business Saturday events begin this week
Across the nation, consumers are asked to shop local at small businesses throughout their region. Saturday is Craig's Small Business Saturday. Be sure and get out and support local businesses.
DUI law enforcement in full force during holidayDUI law enforcement in full force during holiday
DUI law enforcement in full force during holiday
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Don't drink and drive. That's the message the Colorado Department of Transportation is broadcasting to drivers statewide.
While many were enjoying Thanksgiving feast with friends and family, Colorado's dedicated law enforcement officers throughout the state worked overtime, citing and arresting those that choose to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to a news release from CDOT.
Officers will work overtime through Monday to catch those who violate drinking and driving laws.
"Last November, there were 34 statewide fatalities on Colorado roads, with an estimated 13 of those involving suspected impaired drivers," Darrell Lingk, director of the CDOT's Office of Transportation Safety, said in a statement. "The goal of increased DUI enforcement is to protect families from losing a loved one due to a completely preventable crime."
Wildlife-vehicle crashes up 15 percent for 2015Wildlife-vehicle crashes up 15 percent for 2015
Wildlife-vehicle crashes up 15 percent for 2015
Each fall, data show an increase in wildlife-vehicle collisions on Colorado highways, according to a news release.
With the first few storms of the season, wildlife have moved down from the high country as they do each year — and they continue to move to food and water sources, crossing highways along their routes.
A majority of the collisions occur during dark hours, from dusk to dawn, when wildlife are more active and also more difficult to see.
In Colorado, there were 3,960 wildlife-vehicle collisions reported to law enforcement in 2014 (the most recent data), up from 3,437 in 2013 and above the 10-year average of 3,590 (the highest amount of hits reported in one year was 4,013 in 2012). Of the 3,960 WVCs in 2014, 3,667 involved vehicle damage, 287 involved injuries and 6 involved human fatalities, according to CDOT Traffic & Safety Division.
"While CDOT constructs and implements many wildlife mitigation features in our known high-collision areas, there are things motorists can do to further reduce these incidents," CDOT Region 5 Traffic and Safety Engineer Mike McVaugh said in a statement. "Avoiding collisions with wildlife is not always possible, but we can all increase our reaction time by slowing down, especially at night, and being aware of animals near the roadsides."
AAA offers tips to avoid animal collisionsAAA offers tips to avoid animal collisions
AAA offers tips to avoid animal collisions
Collisions with animals can be both dangerous and costly.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, animal collisions result in about 200 human fatalities per year. Last year, AAA Insurance policyholders in Colorado involved in animal-related collisions had an average automobile insurance claim of $4,662.
October, November and December are the worst months for animal collisions.
October and November are especially dangerous during deer mating season.
As the days get shorter, drivers are more likely to be on the road at dawn and dusk, which are times of high animal activity.
Animals may be more difficult to see as it gets darker earlier.
Indoor pickleball space available for seniorsIndoor pickleball space available for seniors
Indoor pickleball space available for seniors
The Senior Social Center now has an indoor place to play pickleball for the winter. Pickleball is now being played indoors from 8 to 10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Boys & Girls Club, located at 1324 E. U.S. Highway 40 in Craig. Inquire at the front desk. For more information, email Sue Eschen at firstname.lastname@example.org@yahoo.com..email@example.com.