Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby fell on the same day this year. Since both events are often celebrated with alcohol use, law enforcement agencies in Colorado and other states stepped up their enforcement of laws that prohibit driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI).
Law enforcement agencies are also planning to increase enforcement during other summer holiday events, like Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day. Some increased enforcement methods that all drivers should know about include:
- Sobriety checkpoints. CO sobriety checkpoints are stationary points on roadways at which law enforcement officers stop random drivers to check for alcohol use or other types of suspected criminal activity. Sobriety checkpoints may be announced ahead of time.
- Roving patrols. Some law enforcement officers also increase the number of regular, moving patrols on the roads during summer weekends and holidays. These patrols are also looking for signs of impaired driving, as well as other indicators that may lead to a suspicion of criminal activity.
- Increased awareness campaigns. Unlike sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, increased ads, commercials, and information about the dangers of drunk driving won’t arrest anyone. However, it’s wise to use this information as a reminder that the best way to decrease your chances of being arrested on suspicion of DUI is to avoid getting behind the wheel if you’ve had a drink – whether you were partying or not.
Drunk-driving-related charges can come with serious consequences, which become more severe if the person is later convicted of DUI. If you’re facing DUI charges, the experienced Colorado DUI defense attorneys at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. can help. For a free, confidential consultation, call us today at (719) 475-2555.