Over 1,300 Colorado drivers were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, according to a recent article in The Denver Post.
Sobriety checkpoints were set up at several times over the holidays in various Colorado cities. New Year’s Eve saw 90 checkpoints run by various state and local law enforcement agencies throughout Colorado. Law enforcement agencies have not yet revealed how many drunk driving arrests were netted by the New Year’s Eve checkpoints or saturation patrols, but between November 23 and December 30, 1,310 drunk driving related arrests were made.
In an attempt to help people avoid arrests or accidents, metro Denver offered free rides on the city’s metropolitan transit system over the New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day partying hours. Beer manufacturer MillerCoors also handed out free $10 taxi vouchers to revelers in several cities, including Colorado Springs. Local municipalities and law enforcement offices throughout the state encouraged people to plan ahead, either by choosing a designated driver, finding an alternate way to travel to and from parties, or hosting at home.
Although officers use technology like breath testing machines to help them decide whether to arrest someone on suspicion of DUI, determining whether a driver is too impaired to keep driving isn’t an exact science, and an officer’s initial evaluation of a driver can be incorrect. That’s why at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., our experienced Colorado DUI defense lawyers focus on building an aggressive defense that drives toward winning the best possible outcome in each case we handle. To learn more about how we can help, call us today at (719) 475-2555 for a confidential consultation.