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According to thecherrycreeknews.com, a crash scene involving a passenger car and a motorcycle was recreated for the benefit or warning motorists of the dangers associated with driving under the influence. Put on by members of the Pikes Peak Region DUI Task Force, the event marks the kickoff of the national DUI crackdown amongst motorists, particularly throughout the remaining days of summer.

According to Colorado Springs Police Department Sergeant Craig Simpson, “The Pikes Peak Region DUI Task force is committed to saving lives by using all available resources to keep drunk drivers off our highways, roads and streets. Impaired driving is a crime that has devastating impacts for the perpetrator and the victim. As the final days of summer come to a close, we hope everyone will make the right choice to designate a sober driver if they plan on drinking.” Law enforcement agencies in Colorado plan on increasing the number of active patrols who are on the lookout for impaired drivers, as well as conduct numerous saturation patrols throughout the DUI crackdown period, particularly Labor Day weekend.

Saturation patrols and DUI checkpoints are effective means of helping curb the driving while under the influence problem, but must be properly conducted in order to ensure that innocent motorists are not accused of and arrested for driving under the influence.
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Colorado park rangers are warning drivers about boating under the influence this summer. According to this news report, Colorado’s boating under the influence laws became harsher in August with the limit for boating under the influence lowered from the 0.10 blood alcohol content to match the state’s driving under the influence laws at 0.08 percent. Officials say this new law gives rangers more leeway in determining whether a boater is intoxicated. The methods that rangers use to determine a potentially drunk boater are similar to tests used on roadside sobriety checks.

Rangers typically do safety inspections on boaters or stop them if they see boaters acting recklessly or operating their vessels dangerously. The sobriety tests are a little different from those done on the road because the tests usually include a 20-minute wait on the shore to remove the possibility that a person may be off-balance because of being on the water. Sentences for first-time offenders for boating under the influence in Colorado could range from five days to six months in jail and a fine of $100 to $1,000, and as many as two years probation and a mandatory three-month ban on boating in state waters.
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The police chief of Avon, Colorado, is saying that he wants to change current Colorado laws and require suspected drunk drivers to submit to a blood test if they say no to a Breath test. According to this CBS News report, Police Chief Brian Kozak is saying that he wants this rule change because “some drunk drivers don’t get the punishment they deserve.”

Drivers in Colorado can legally refuse a Breath or blood test if there are no injuries or death. The chief is saying that he wants this new law to be used based on DUI history. For example, he says first-time offenders for a DUI in Colorado will likely not be asked to give a blood sample. However, based on this new law, if more suspected offenders refuse a blood test, then police can seek a search warrant from a judge and use that to draw blood from the person.

Kozak’s plan basically eliminates a repeat offender’s right to refuse a blood test for alcohol content. Kozak says he does not anticipate any legal problems because he says Colorado law states police officers can obtain a search warrant for any type of crime and “why should we treat DUI any different?”

Such a law would infringe on the rights of all drivers. Colorado law states that drivers have the right to refuse breath or blood tests under most circumstances.
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Colorado Springs police are investigating a serious auto accident where both drivers involved were allegedly driving under the influence. According to this KKTV news report, the two cars – a Ford sedan traveling west on Colorado Avenue and a Nissan SUV driving south on 24th Street – collided. Both drivers were admitted to the hospital in serious condition while passengers in both vehicles were treated for minor injuries. Police say both men will be charged with Colorado Springs DUI and vehicular assault. Both are expected to be arrested after they are released from the hospital.

Each state in the United States has its own set of DUI laws, but there are certain concepts that are common to most states. In all states, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher. It is also illegal to drive under the influence of illegal drugs – be it recreational or prescription drugs. Both the criminal and civil penalties for drunk driving can be harsh and could include loss of license, hefty fines, jail time, community service, restitution, probation and mandatory substance abuse treatment. If you are a repeat offender, the consequences may be even more severe.
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A lost vehicle license plate apparently led Colorado State Patrol officials to arrest a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of DUI in Colorado the morning of February 11, according to this news report in The Daily Sentinel. Colorado State Patrol officials earlier that morning had responded to a call regarding a hit-and-run accident in which a vehicle had crashed into a highway information sign at 3219 Interstate 70 Business Loop.

Officers found the license plate lying at the intersection. Local law enforcement officials traced the plate and located the vehicle parked at its registered residence. The vehicle looked as if it had been in a car accident and state troopers found the 16-year-old boy asleep behind the wheel, the article stated.
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A 20-year-old woman was arrested following a three-car collision on Austin Bluffs Parkway. According to a recent article posted on Southern Colorado’s KKTV.COM, the woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI in Colorado and vehicular assault.

The Colorado Springs car accident happened near the University of Colorado campus as the woman, who was driving eastbound on Austin Bluffs, lost control of her car. Her Toyota Camry then crossed the median into the westbound lanes and hit a Geo Tracker as well as a Ford pick-up truck, Colorado Springs police said. The driver of the Tracker suffered “serious bodily injury” as his auto rolled over in the crash.
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A Colorado Springs accident that involved two autos ended with the arrest of a hit-and-run driver, according to this recent news report in KKTV.COM. The two-vehicle collision happened near Austin Bluffs and N. Academy.

More details have not been made available in this report and the driver who was arrested has not been identified. The hit-and-run car was found a short time after the accident. Police arrested its driver for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and he was taken to an area hospital for treatment. The driver of the other car that was hit, was not injured, the article said.
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Forty-three-year-old Jim Crowley, a former Aspen police officer, is facing charges that he showed up to work drunk, according to an article published on denverpost.com.

The arraignment had been expected to begin in Garfield County Court Thursday, but was reset for Jan. 15. No reason was given for the delay.

Crowley was an 18-year veteran of the Aspen Police Department when he was arrested Aug. 28 on suspicion of driving while ability-impaired and prohibited use of a weapon. Police Chief Richard Pryor fired Crowley the next day.
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