Have fun and get home safe on New Year’s Eve

DENVER — Law enforcement agencies across Colorado have stepped up patrols for the final DUI enforcement period of 2017.

The enforcement period runs through Tuesday.

“So far, there have been 226 impairment-related traffic fatalities on Colorado roads in 2017, exceeding last year’s total of 191 impairment-involved deaths,” the Colorado Department of Transportation said.

CDOT suggests several tips to keep celebrations safer.

  • Have plenty of food and nonalcoholic beverages available.
  • Stop serving alcohol at least an hour before the end of the party.
  • Use smaller serving cups to keep alcoholic beverages to the appropriate size.
  • Plan activities and games that do not involve alcohol to reduce consumption.
  • Don’t be afraid to take someone’s keys if they’ve had too much to drink, or if they’ve ingested any impairing substance like prescription drugs, sleep medication, marijuana or any form of illegal drugs.

If you do need a ride home, RTD is increasing service and offering free rides on all of its bus and train lines on New Year’s Eve.

The Sawaya Law Firm has a free cab ride program that runs until Monday.

To take advantage, pay the cab, Uber or Lyft driver, then send the bill to The Sawaya Law Firm and it will reimburse you.

Send the receipt and a copy of a valid ID to:

Holiday Free Cab Ride Program
The Sawaya Law Firm
1600 Ogden Street
Denver, CO 80218