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Alcohol and Icy Roads Don’t Mix: Colorado Springs Accident

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winter roadThe season of sub-freezing temperatures is upon us, with all it brings for drivers and road conditions. Snow, ice and periodically obscured visibility make winter a complicated time to drive in Colorado. Add poor road conditions to the everyday driving hazards like distracted drivingcar, alcohol, drugs, etc, and you have the potential for more and worse car accidents than any other time of year.

KKTV reports on such an accident in Colorado Springs last Monday:

Police say two teenage boys, both 16, were in a truck headed eastbound on Fountain. Sgt. Lonnie Spanswick, with the Major Accident Unit, tells 11 News that the car hit a patch of ice and flipped off the southern edge of the street at a little before 8:00 p.m.

According to the report, Colorado police suspect that alcohol played a role in the rollover accident, but are not sure which one of the  teenagers was driving.

Jakob Rodgers of The Colorado Springs Gazette states that both boys were taken to Memorial Hospital — one with minor personal injuries, and the other with a life-threatening head injury.

Alcohol alone can be a fatal ingredient on the road. But when you add slippery and icy Colorado road conditions to the mix, the chances of a severe accident increase tremendously.

Please take extra care on the road this winter. And, as always, don’t drink and drive!

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