On the tail of the Thanksgiving holiday, Colorado authorities are gearing up once again to run heightened DUI patrols throughout the state, according to the latest information from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).
In fact, while more than 80 local law enforcement agencies will be joining the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) to nab impaired drivers over the first half of December (as part of the Holiday Office Party crackdown), many of these agencies will also be extending their enforcement efforts through the New Year (via LEAF funding and as part of the Christmas and New Year’s crackdowns).
Commenting on this December-long DUI crackdown, CDOT Official Darrell Lingk has stated:
Winter weather should be the only hazard drivers contend with this holiday season…Unfortunately, during last year’s 10-day Holiday Party enforcement period, there were four alcohol-related fatalities, and CSP and local law enforcement agencies made 645 arrests. Our goal is always to reduce those numbers.
CSP Col. Scott Hernandez also spoke to these concerns, noting that:
Many of us travel during the holidays, so it is more important than ever to keep impaired drivers off of Colorado’s roadways… We will continue to enforce Colorado’s DUI laws aggressively throughout the two remaining The Heat Is On enforcement periods this year and beyond. If you choose to drink, make sure you have a designated sober driver, or plan to use alternative transportation.
How to Avoid a Holiday DUI: Important Tips for Motorists
Given that authorities will be focusing on arresting allegedly impaired drivers over the next month or so, here are some important things for all Colorado motorists to keep in mind during their holiday travels:
- Don’t wait until the last minute to find a ride. Make plans before you attend a party and start drinking alcohol so that you don’t put yourself in a situation where you may consider getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.
- Although there may have various options for rides (e.g., sober friends/family, public transportation or cabs/ride sharing services), it’s also a possibility to get a hotel room somewhere close to the party.
- If you are driving and stopped by a traffic officer, be polite, don’t admit to drinking alcohol and don’t submit to field sobriety testing if you will not pass it.
- If you are arrested for a DUI over a weekend or holiday, you will likely have to stay in jail until the next business day (and this could mean days in jail if the arrest occurs over Christmas or New Year’s holidays).
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