According to KRDO News Channel 13, statistics for drunk driving arrests in Colorado over the holiday period of November 23, 2010 and January 2, 2011 were recently released by Colorado State Patrol (CSP) police.
Over the holiday period between 2010 and 2011, law enforcement officials arrested 1,556 people during what the CSP calls their ongoing “Heat is On” campaign, which targets impaired drivers, particularly during the holiday seasons. During the time period, 41 people lost their lives in traffic accidents in Colorado, and 14 of those fatalities, approximately 34 percent, were the result of an alcohol-related crash.
During Thanksgiving week, there were five alcohol-related traffic accident fatalities in Colorado out of a total of 6 fatalities. During the month of December, 9 people lost their lives in alcohol-related accidents. From New Year’s Eve through the weekend, there weren’t any alcohol-related traffic crash deaths.
Last year, in 2009, there were 41 fatalities in traffic crashes over the same holiday period, but only 11 people, about 27 percent, died in alcohol-related accidents. There were 1,630 DUI arrests during the same time period.
With increased patrol and enforcement over the holidays, as well as with a higher number of motorists on the road, improper arrests for drunk driving in Colorado can occur. Often, law enforcement officials use Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs) to determine whether an individual is driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI). However, SFSTs have been shown to be very subjective and arrests can be made based upon a police officer’s opinion instead of concrete evidence.
While the holiday season has passed, it is important to remember to plan ahead when celebrating any event to prevent alcohol-related traffic accidents and possible drunk driving charges in Colorado. Doing so could save your life and the lives of others. Additionally, the penalties of a drunk driving conviction in Colorado can be steep and may include jail time and heavy fines.
If you have been charged with drunk driving in Colorado, remember that you have legal rights. It may be easy to feel that there are no choices left but to admit guilt following an arrest. However, it is important that you are aware that with aggressive representation, a strong defense can be built on your behalf, which may result in reduced punishment or alternative sentencing. At The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. our Colorado DUI lawyers have the necessary experience and skills to work hard to earn you the best possible outcome in your case. Call our law office today at 719-475-2555 to schedule a free consultation.