Beware, Colorado drivers – law enforcement authorities throughout the state are continuing to turn up the heat on impaired drivers, as they have recently kicked off their fall The Heat Is On DUI enforcement campaign.
Running from Sept. 11th through Oct. 26th, this DUI crackdown is focused on reminding motorists that there are various options for rides and that officers will be focused on targeting motorists who still choose to get behind the wheel when drunk or impaired by drugs.
“CDOT’s The Heat Is On campaign helps keep Coloradans safe from those that act irresponsibly and put others at risk,” Darrell Lingk, Director of the CDOT’s Office of Transportation Safety, has explained about this effort.
Chief of the Colorado State Patrol (CSP), Col. Scott Hernandez, also noted the importance of this DUI crackdown, explaining that:
With the arrival of fall, we tend to see an increase in impaired driving due to alcohol-related events like Oktoberfest and football season, among other factors… We realize people want to have a good time, and that is fine, but drinkers must be responsible and never get behind the wheel impaired.
Labor Day DUI Crackdown Resulted in 939 DUI Arrests
The fall DUI enforcement effort that is now underway in Colorado comes on the heels of the Labor Day DUI crackdown, during which 74 law enforcement agencies throughout the state reportedly made 939 DUI arrests. According to CDOT:
- About 23 percent of these DUI arrests were made by CSP officers.
- While most of the Labor Day drunk driving arrests were made in Denver, Aurora and Colorado Springs were the other two regions that saw a high number of DUI arrests during this period.
Although 900+ DUI arrests is certainly a substantial number of new DUI cases, it does reflect a nearly 15 percent drop in the number of DUI arrests Colorado law enforcement officials made in 2014 over the same enforcement period (when 1102 DUI arrests were reportedly made).
How to Protect Your Rights & Reduce Your Risk of a DUI Arrest
As you celebrate the festivities that fall has to offer, here’s what you can do to minimize your risk of being stopped or arrested for an alleged DUI:
- Plan your sober ride ahead of time if you are going somewhere where you will be drinking alcohol.
- If you have been drinking and don’t know if it’s safe to drive, don’t risk it. Find a ride.
- If you are stopped by a cop for suspicion of drunk driving, limit what you say and don’t admit to drinking alcohol.
- If you are arrested for DUI, contact us as soon as you can to get your DUI defense started ASAP.
Contact an Adams County & Boulder DUI Lawyer at Peter Loyd Weber & Associates
Have you or a loved one been charged with a DUI? If so, an Adams County and Boulder DUI lawyer at Peter Loyd Weber & Associates are ready to immediately start defending you. Our primary concern is protecting your constitutional rights throughout the criminal process while helping you obtain the best possible outcome to your case.
To talk about your defense and how we can help you, call us today at (720) 863-7755 or email us using the contact form on this page. We offer complimentary consultations, and we take pride in always being available to our clients – 24 hours per day, 7 days per week – so that they have the personal attention their case deserves.
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