NEWS: Wednesday February 3, 2010

Feb 3rd @ 11:31 am in News by Scott Staley

Two Utah based environmental groups have filed statements against Energy Fuels for wishing to construct a uranium mill in west Montrose County. The Daily Sentinel says Red Rock Forests and Living Rivers filed the statements of opposition in Montrose County Water Court for Energy Fuels’ water-rights applications. The river in question is the Dolores River.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 11:22a)

Following in the footsteps of Delta High School, Hotchkiss High School is now saturated with security cameras. According to Mountain Valley News, the cameras weren’t put up for any one reason, but to simply be an extra pair of eyes for the district. Cameras will go up in other Delta County schools as funds allow.
Source: Mountain Valley News (Posted 11:22a)

Colorado law enforcement agencies are teaming up with the National Football League (NFL) and traffic safety officials to remind everyone to designate a sober driver if they plan to be drinking alcohol this Super Bowl weekend. The Colorado State Patrol and 24 law enforcement agencies are participating in the Heat Is On DUI enforcement throughout Super Bowl weekend, beginning Friday, February 5 at 6 p.m. and continuing until 3 a.m. on Monday, February 8th.

“While you’re making plans to watch the big game with friends at home or at your favorite sports bar, plan to designate a sober driver and don’t let others get behind the wheel if they’ve been drinking alcohol,” said Col. James Wolfinbarger, chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “Make the right play to avoid a DUI that can cost you thousands of dollars, your driving freedom, and most importantly, a life.”

From 2006 to 2008 in Colorado, 50% of traffic fatalities on Super Bowl weekend involved alcohol.  Nationally, on Super Bowl Sunday alone, 49% of fatalities involved a driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .08 or higher.

The following agencies and troops have filed plans to conduct increased and saturation DUI patrols for Super Bowl weekend:

Adams County SO
Arapahoe County SO
Arvada PD
Aurora PD
Boulder PD
Brighton PD
Castle Rock PD
Colorado Springs PD
Commerce City PD
CSP Troop 1-A Limon
CSP Troop 1-C Castle Rock
CSP Troop 1-D Adams County
CSP Troop 2-B Colorado Springs
CSP Troop 2-D Pueblo
CSP Troop 3-A Greeley
CSP Troop 3-C Fort Collins
CSP Troop 4-A Fruita
CSP Troop 6-A Golden
CSP Troop 6-C Broomfield
Denver PD
Douglas County SO
El Paso County SO
Fort Collins PD
Grand Junction PD
Jefferson County SO
Lakewood PD
Larimer County SO
Loveland PD
Mesa County SO
Northglenn PD
Pueblo County SO
Pueblo PD
Thornton PD
Weld County SO
Wheat Ridge PD

Here are some tips if you are planning to host a Super Bowl party:

  • Remember, you can be held liable and prosecuted if someone you served ends up in an impaired-driving crash.
  • Make sure all of your guests designate their sober drivers in advance, or help arrange ride-sharing with other sober drivers.
  • Serve lots of food and include lots of non-alcoholic beverages at the party.
  • Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game and begin serving coffee and dessert.
  • Keep the numbers for local cab companies handy, and take the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving while impaired.

If you are attending a Super Bowl party or watching at a sports bar or restaurant:

  • Designate your sober driver before the party begins and give that person your car keys.
  • Avoid drinking too much alcohol too fast. Pace yourself—eat enough food, take breaks, and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks.
  • If you don’t have a designated driver, ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend, or family member to come and get you; or just stay where you are and sleep it off until you are sober.
  • Never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are about to drive while impaired. Remember, Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.
  • Always buckle up – it’s still your best defense against other impaired drivers.Source: Press Release   (Posted 10:30a)