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Patrols increase for New Year’s

As partygoers celebrate the new year, the Colorado State Patrol will have extra troopers patrolling the roads this weekend.

Sgt. Gary Meirose of the State Patrol office in Craig said New Year’s is actually slower than other weekends in terms of drunken drivers.

“People know from past run-ins that New Year’s is not the time you want to be drinking and driving,” Meirose said.



But with more people partying and drinking on New Year’s Eve, more troopers will patrol the roads, Meirose said.

According to Mothers Aga–inst Drunk Driving, 42 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes across the nation on New Year’s Eve 2004, compared with 40 in 2003.



On New Year’s Day 2004, there were 91 alcohol-related traffic deaths, compared to 98 in 2003, according to MADD.

Annually, there are nearly 17,000 alcohol-related traffic fatalities and 500,000 injuries across the country, according to MADD.

Last year, 249 people died in Colorado in alcohol-related traffic accidents, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

From January through September, 158 traffic deaths were alcohol-related according to the State Patrol.


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