A total of 447 people were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) over the Halloween holiday in 2011, making the Halloween weekend one of the biggest “crackdowns” seen statewide in Colorado this year. A total of 95 separate law enforcement agencies were involved in the increased patrols over this popular fall holiday.
The statewide patrols, part of the state’s Halloween Heat is On crackdown program, increased their vigilance this year because Halloween is traditionally the most dangerous holiday for driving in Colorado, according to the state highway patrol. This year’s Halloween saw 10 fatal accidents on Colorado roads, a decrease of almost two-thirds since 2009. Police did not, however, say whether any of the drivers arrested on suspicion of DUI were involved in any of the accidents that occurred over the holiday weekend.
Arrests on suspicion of DUI were made by a combination of moving patrols and officers at sobriety checkpoints. Denver saw 58 arrests over the holiday, the highest of any Colorado city.
In the wake of the crackdown, which police units are generally lauding as successful, the Colorado Springs police force announced that it will no longer partner with the state police to run sobriety checkpoints. The department did not explain this change in policy, and has not said whether it will continue to run its own sobriety checkpoints in the city.
Holidays mean time to relax and party with friends and loved ones, but they also mean increased police patrols and a greater risk of being arrested. If you’re facing DUI charges, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Colorado Springs DUI defense lawyers at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. We know how to build an aggressive defense that protects your legal rights and fights for the best possible outcome in your case. For a confidential consultation, call us today at (719) 475-2555.