GRAND JUNCTION, Colo (KKCO) -- With the holiday party season in full swing, local law enforcement encourages you to have fun but also reminds you to be responsible.
The Grand Junction Police Department says in 2008, 25 people in the Grand Valley were killed or seriously injured in alcohol related car crashes -- and it wants that number to go down.
Officers say there are many safe options available to people who need to get home after they've been drinking, including taxis, designated driver services, and sober friends.
Police say they will be on the lookout for drunk drivers this season, so they're encouraging people to make smart decisions.
"You don't have to be falling down drunk to be a drunk driver," says Officer David Keech with the Grand Junction Police Department. "The first drink starts to affect your ability to drive safely."
Police say if you suspect a family member, friend, or anyone else may driving drunk, you can call them at (970) 242-6707 with a vehicle description and officers will seek them out.