A sobriety checkpoint set up by the state patrol and the Colorado Springs police handed out sixteen citations in August, according to a report by CBS News affiliate KKTV. During the four hours the checkpoint was in effect, police checked 1,176 drivers. Of these drivers, 33 were given field sobriety tests to check for intoxication. Sixteen of the drivers checked for intoxication received citations for driving under the influence, or DUI.
Seven other drivers stopped at the checkpoint were cited for non-DUI-related offenses, including possession of drug paraphernalia and carrying an open container of alcohol.
The checkpoint was set up as part of the Colorado State Patrol’s “100 Days of Heat” campaign, in which state police set up sobriety checkpoints and patrol more heavily between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The increased scrutiny of drivers is intended to reduce the number of intoxicated drivers on the roads in summer. According to the Colorado State Patrol, more than one-third of all drunk driving fatalities in Colorado occur during the months between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
There are specific requirements for a constitutional sobriety checkpoint. If the checkpoint was not operated in conformity with guidelines established by the United States Supreme Court, you may have a defense.
If you’ve been cited at a Colorado checkpoint, please contact an experienced Colorado Springs DUI lawyer. The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. has an unparalleled understanding of DUI law and will fight to achieve the best possible outcome in your case. Call The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. today at 719-475-2555 for a free and confidential consultation.