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7 Things Everyone (Even the Sober) Needs to Know About Holiday Checkpoints

As you head out for another holiday party, Colorado is running its last anti-drunk driving crackdown of the year. Prepare yourself with these seven tips we contributed to a 7News/The Denver Channel article on holiday checkpoints, and read up on just how effective these enforcement campaigns are with our bonus infographic. Drive safe this festive season!

  • Plan Ahead: Before heading out to any holiday gatherings, plan your transportation. Whether it’s designating a sober driver, arranging for a ride-sharing service, or using public transportation, having a plan in place can eliminate the temptation to drive under the influence.
  • Use Rideshare Services: Take advantage of rideshare services such as Uber or Lyft, which offer a convenient and reliable alternative to driving after consuming alcohol. These services are widely available, especially during the holiday season, making it easier than ever to get home safely.
  • Stay Overnight: Consider staying overnight at the location of the celebration. This eliminates the need to drive altogether and ensures you are well-rested before hitting the road the next day.
  • Checkpoint Procedures: Familiarize yourself with the procedures at sobriety checkpoints. Typically, law enforcement will look for signs of impairment and ensure drivers comply with all traffic laws. Knowing what to expect can help ease any anxiety you may feel when approaching a checkpoint.
  • Know Your Limits: Understanding your alcohol tolerance is crucial. Recognizing when you’ve reached your limit and making responsible choices accordingly is important. If you’ve had too much to drink, opt for alternative transportation methods or arrange for a designated driver.
  • Be Mindful of Timing: In some cases, law enforcement may increase their presence during specific hours, especially late at night. Be mindful of the time and plan accordingly. If you know you’ll be driving during peak enforcement hours, take extra precautions to ensure you are not impaired.
  • Educate Yourself on Local Laws: Stay informed about local DUI laws and penalties. Understanding the legal consequences of drunk driving can serve as a powerful deterrent. Knowing the potential repercussions may motivate you to make responsible choices and avoid putting yourself and others at risk.


In addition to these tips, it’s essential to understand the impact of anti-drunk driving campaigns. Checkpoints and increased law enforcement visibility are crucial in deterring drunk driving incidents. To further emphasize the effectiveness of these efforts, we’ve created a bonus infographic. This visual representation provides insights into the positive outcomes of anti-drunk driving initiatives, such as reduced accidents and improved road safety during the holiday season.

As you embark on your holiday festivities, remember that responsible choices contribute to the well-being of yourself and others on the road. Following these tips and staying informed can ensure a safe and enjoyable celebration for everyone. Drive safely, and may your holidays be filled with joy and memorable moments.

Do you have further questions or concerns? Call us or contact the attorneys at Thomas & Ahnell, LLC, and we will be happy to help.

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