The Christmas spirit without the spirits |

The Christmas spirit without the spirits

As we roll into the holiday week, the Craig Daily Press wants to remind area residents to have a great time but please celebrate responsibly.

In the first nine months of 2002, 174 people died on Colorado roads in alcohol-related traffic accidents.

And while that’s down 194 deaths from the same time the previous year, its sickening when one thinks about just how preventable these deaths that have ruined lives, families and communities are.

Last year, more than 2,000 people were killed on our nation’s highways between Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s.

While law enforcement certainly plays a part in deterring drunk driving, another important tool in saving lives is you.

If you are hosting a party, provide non-alcoholic alternatives and if you are going out to party with friends, pick a designated driver in advance or volunteer to be the designated driver.

Remember, the designated driver should not be the person who is the “least drunk.”

We all have a responsibility to prevent those who have consumed a little more than they should have from getting behind the wheel — especially when so much is at stake.

Have a safe and happy holiday.

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