Colorado State Patrol warns caution on roads during holidays

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Expect to see more cars on the roads in the next week than usual, Colorado State Patrol officers warn.

Highways in addition to local roads will host more drivers and, consequently, more accidents.

Putting on seat belts and keeping eyes on the road at all times are the best ways to arrive at that holiday party or home safely, officers said.

"No matter how good of a driver you think you are, you never know about the other person who's near you, so increased awareness," said Colorado State Police sergeant Scott Simons.

There were more than 450 deaths from accidents in 2013 in Colorado and intoxication is usually to blame for about 35 percent of a year's crash fatalities, Simons said.

Colorado State Police expect more alcohol-related accidents to increase during the holiday season.

They will be increasing efforts to crack down on drinking and driving in 2014.

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