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Summertime is Almost Here: Let’s Keep Everyone Safe

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For many people, Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. Warmer weather often means that more people will be out and about on area roadways. Unfortunately, when more people hit the roads, the risk of being involved in an accident also increases. Still, there are ways to keep everyone safe while enjoying all the activities that the warmer weather has to offer.

Lawmakers all across the country have searched for ways to get the word out about roadway safety. In fact, a few years ago, the Colorado State Patrol (CSP), in conjunction with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) created the “Summer of Safety” campaign in an effort to remind residents to stay safe on the road, as well as the waterways.

Be Careful…Don’t Become a Statistic

According to the CSP, about a third of all fatal collisions in the state happen between Memorial Day and Labor Day. That being the case, law enforcement notes that they maintain a zero tolerance policy for drivers who get behind the wheel of a vehicle while impaired by drugs and/or alcohol.

CPW notes that the state averages approximately 70 boat accidents on a yearly basis, and many of those involved alcohol usage. As summer kicks off, it is important for Colorado residents and visitors to be careful, stay safe and be smart when it comes to the decisions they make prior to hitting the road or boating.

A Few Safety Reminders

Many people are fully aware of the ways in which they can avoid becoming a statistic; still, each year, thousands of individuals lose their lives or sustain serious injuries due to incidents that, in many instances, could have been avoided.

For example, just about everyone who is of legal drinking age knows and understands the dangers associated with drinking and driving. Yet, many individuals choose to get behind the wheel of an automobile after they’ve been drinking.

Some still insist on driving, noting that they know they are not drunk because they only had a couple beers; while others know that they’re “tipsy,” but still believe they can make it home without incident.

Whatever the excuse or reason, impaired driving is something that is completely preventable — and accordingly, every crash that occurs due to impaired driving could have been prevented as well. Both drivers and boaters should think twice and make the smart, safe decision not to drink and drive or boat.

With respect to boating, it is just as important for boat operators to “boat sober.” This is especially important because it takes more time for a boat to react and/or stop when needed. Additionally, the heat of the summer months actually increases the effect of alcohol on the body, so much so that sun, alcohol and boating can quickly become a deadly mix.

Boaters and drivers are encouraged to always wear their life vests and seatbelts, respectively. Also, be sure to always pay close, full attention to what you’re doing — distracted driving or distracted boating can result in very serious accidents or even death.

Stay safe this summer. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, contact a Denver personal injury lawyer at Levine Law today.