The Colorado State Patrol and the Colorado Department of Transportation are joining Mothers Against Drunk Driving Colorado to conclude the 2012 holiday crackdown on drunk driving by calling on Colorado residents to "Tie One On For Safety."

MADD's Tie One On For Safety red ribbon campaign, now in its 26th year, is the organization's signature public awareness project. Drivers display MADD red ribbons on their vehicles as a reminder to drive safe and sober, and in support of Colorado law enforcement officers, who will be out in force as part of the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.

"If every New Year's holiday motorist in Colorado would resolve to make the smart driving choice today-and everyday-to not drink and drive, that would truly be a positive resolution that would prevent crashes, injuries and save lives," said Colonel James Wolfinbarger, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. "Do the right thing, the safe thing when celebrating with alcohol-always designate a sober driver and buckle up."

During last year's holiday season, there were more than 1,200 DUI arrests with 376 of those occurring during the New Year's Eve enforcement period. So far this year, law enforcement agencies across the state have already made more than 800 DUI arrests.

Red ribbons are available throughout the state at Colorado State Patrol Offices as well as at front range locations of Community Banks of Colorado, and Groove Automotive dealerships. To find out where to get red ribbons or to make a donation to support MADD Colorado's programs and services, please visit www.madd.org/co.