Ski days and alcohol go hand-in-hand for many. With après-ski drink deals, bars often feet from the slopes, and a “party vibe” that can seem to turn an entire season into spring break, many skiers and snowboarders will consume alcohol during their trip to the mountains. Of course, while a lot of people visit the mountains, not many live there. This can mean a lot of driving to, from, and around the slopes. Couple that with a prevalent drinking culture and it’s easy to understand why DUI arrests might be more common in ski towns.

Vail Daily recently published a piece that took a look at which parts of Colorado have the most DUI arrests. Topping the list was the 5th Judicial District, which is made up of Summit, Eagle, Lake, and Clear Creek counties. A few popular resorts in this area include Breckenridge, Vail, Copper, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin. The DUI arrest rate in the 5th Judicial District is 8.8 arrests per 1,000 residents. While this data could be skewed due to the 50,000 plus visitors and employees that visit the county during the snowy months of the year, local Avon police chief Greg Daly doesn’t think that’s the case. According to Daly and his experience, most of the drunk drivers live nearby and could likely use the public transportation as an alternative. To put this number in perspective, there were 3,527 DUI incidents statewide in 2016 with an estimated 4 million drivers in Colorado. That’s .8 incidents per 1,000 drivers.

If you’re planning on visiting the slopes this season, make the responsible decision when it comes to drinking and driving. It’s also important to be extra alert, as these numbers suggest that you’re likely on the road with others who have been drinking.

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