KRDO reports that the Colorado State Patrol recently released data regarding the number of DUI arrests during their St. Patrick’s Day DUI crackdown, which was a part of their “Heat is On” campaign. The crackdown began on Friday, March 11, and lasted until early Friday morning, March 18. During that time period, 682 people were arrested for allegedly driving under the influence in the state. This came close to when 688 people were arrested in 2010, which was a record number of arrests made during a St. Patrick’s Day period of enforcement.
The article reports that in Colorado Springs, the Colorado Department of Transportation teamed up with Designated Driver of Colorado Springs, an agency that offers drivers a sober ride home in their own vehicle for free. During the St. Patrick’s Day enforcement period, 283 sober rides were given. The night of St. Patrick’s Day, 91 sober rides were given, which set a record number of rides given in a single night. The previous record was 72. Remember to plan ahead by designating a sober driver or taking advantage of programs such as Designated Driver to avoid Colorado DUI charges.
It is important to remember that during increased patrols and enforcement periods over holidays, along with an increased number of motorists on the road, it is possible for wrongful drunk driving arrests to be made. Typically, Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFSTs) are used by law enforcement officials to determine whether a motorist is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, it has been shown that SFSTs can be subjective, and often a DUI arrest is made based on opinion rather than concrete evidence. It is crucial to remember that if you are ever arrested for a DUI in Colorado, you should never admit guilt. Doing so could negatively affect whether you are able to successfully fight the charges made against you with the help of a skilled Colorado Springs DUI defense lawyer.
Timothy Bussey, a highly skilled attorney at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., has successfully represented those who have been arrested for a DUI in Colorado, as well as various other crimes. To learn how Mr. Bussey can help you, call 719-475-2555 today.