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Colorado Springs bars and police prepare for ‘Drinksgiving’

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) - Wednesday is one of the biggest bar nights of the year, nicknamed "Drinksgiving" and "Blackout Wednesday" by some, as people from all over flock to bars and restaurants the night before Thanksgiving.

After a difficult two years due to the pandemic, Colorado Springs businesses are hoping to make up for some lost revenue on the big night.

"I'm hoping to just see a lot of happy faces coming in just to enjoy some drinks," said Regan Capozzella, Head Bartender and Tasting Room Manager at Brooklyn’s on Boulder St. "We'd love it to be crazy busy. But if it's not, we're also just super happy to be here. Any money that you can kind of make up to make up some ground on that lost money is appreciated."

The rush of patrons is fueled by the fact that many people don't have to work on Thanksgiving. Then add in thousands of college students back home for the holiday that plan to meet up with hometown friends, and you have a recipe for a busy night.

"One of the biggest reasons it's one of the biggest nights is people are bringing in their family to one of their favorite bars," said Capozzella. "Also, just people that are visiting out of town want to come and check some different places out as well. So a lot of the times they'll go to a few bars before Thanksgiving Day just to kind of relax and decompress before the busy day of cooking.”

While the night is often full of fun and nostalgia, Colorado State Patrol also warns to never get behind the wheel of a car after a night of drinking.

“We usually start patrolling for impaired driving just before the holiday actually hits us," said Master Trooper Gary Cutler of Colorado State Patrol. "We will have patrols out Wednesday night. We’ll have them basically from now through the rest of the weekend, looking for people that may not be driving correctly, had too much to drink. Sometimes nowadays it’s not just the alcohol, it’s also marijuana and other drugs. So we’re looking for all of those things out on the road."

The United States Department of Transportation says from 2015 to 2019, 135 drivers involved in fatal crashes on Thanksgiving Eve were alcohol-impaired, and over the entire Thanksgiving holiday period, nearly 800 people died in alcohol-impaired crashes.

“When you go out and drink and drive, you’re not looking out for the other people, how that’s going to affect their lives or how it’s going to affect your life if you end up killing somebody or hurting somebody," said Master Trooper Cutler. "It’s just not worth it out there.”

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  1. Because 2 articles about this topic was simply not enough…
    CDOT feels utilizing LE to handle traffic enforcement is far more important than responding to emergent calls for service faster than 12 minutes. As a member of this community I avidly disagree, and feel LE should handle calls for service before traffic enforcement. Not that traffic enforcement is not important, just less important than responding to calls for service in an expedited response that emergent calls warrant.
    What is the greater importance to the cities elected officials, LE department leaders, and CDOT, revenue generation for the city or community policing?
    What is the greater importance to the cities inhabitants, revenue generation for the city or community policing?
    If the cities elected officials, LE department leaders, and CDOT work for the inhabitants of this city, wholly or partially, why do these two questions have different answers? Isn’t the elected officials job duties to work for the will of the people?

    1. Right, wrong, or indifferent, you are enti_tled to your opinions, just like we all are.
      LE is here to serve and protect. Part of that entails keeping the roads safe for all motorists, as well as for the pedestrians on the adjacent walkways. One way to do that is to conduct DUI/DWI enforcement, particularly during periods that have historically been shown to have increased violations. Drunk/drugged driving is a very serious issue that all to frequently has deadly consequences. From my perspective, it is much better for LE to be conducting traffic enforcement than having to respond to a service call where a drunk/drugged driver has been involved in an accident – with or without fatalities. Taking those drunk/drugged drivers off the road makes it MUCH safer for you and me, not to mention having the added benefit of working to keep our car insurance rates lower than they would otherwise be.

  2. It is ‘Thanksgiving” and not “drinksgiving” for all the Marxist Democrats who want to denigrate one of America’s most cherished cultural holidays.
    It is a day to be thankful for all you have in America and all the possibilities that are available to you in America.


    1. Thanksgiving is Thursday…simple…Drinksgiving is the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving and has been around for a long time..I believe it began in Boulder Colorado in the 70’s on the CU Campus. I know…I was there lol

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