State and local law enforcement agencies across Colorado are joining forces this summer for a statewide drunk driving crackdown known as “100 Days of Heat.” The intensified DUI enforcement campaign occurs each year between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the time of year when alcohol-related accidents tend to occur with greater frequency in Colorado.
To reduce the risk of accidents, Colorado police will conduct extra patrols and set up DUI checkpoints aimed at keeping intoxicated drivers off the road. According to news reports, more than 2,600 people were arrested for impaired driving during the 100 Days of Heat initiative last year.
Colorado DUI Laws
Colorado has two drinking and, driving offenses, DUI and DWAI. There is an inference you are impaired to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol level between .051 and .079. There is an inference you are under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol level of .08 and above. A person convicted of a DUI/DWAI offense in Colorado can face steep consequences, including:
- Jail time
- Fine, fee and court costs that often total over $800
- Mandatory useful public service
- An alcohol evaluation and treatment program
- Victim Impact Panel
In addition to the court consequences you can lose your privilege to drive for nine months under the Colorado Express Consent Law with a blood alcohol level of .08 or above.
Stay Safe This Summer: Don’t Drink and Drive
With the increased emphasis on DUI enforcement in Colorado this summer, driving while intoxicated is a risky endeavor. Be safe and smart this summer, use a designated driver or other alternative transportation if you have been drinking. Not only will it help you avoid the increased risk of an accident, but it will also keep you out of legal trouble as well.
If you are arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, it is very important to seek legal assistance as soon as possible from an experienced DUI lawyer. A knowledgeable DUI attorney will help ensure your rights are protected and fight for the best possible outcome of your case