During the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the Colorado State Patrol, and local law enforcement agencies across the state are increasing their patrols of officers looking for drivers who may be intoxicated by alcohol or drugs. The increased patrols include more officers on regular patrol, extra officers conducting saturation patrols, and officers holding sobriety checkpoints at various locations throughout Colorado.
Colorado is increasing its Labor Day patrols in order to combat the statistics that show a rise in driving while intoxicated during summer holidays. They hope that by putting more officers on the road, they will cause many drivers to think twice about driving if they aren’t completely sober, and will be able to stop drivers who try to drive while intoxicated. The patrols are part of a nationwide campaign to “crack down” on DUIs over the Labor Day holiday weekend, known as the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.
In addition to looking for drivers who may have been drinking, Colorado police officers plan to look for drivers who may be intoxicated or impaired by other drugs, such as marijuana or prescription medications. These substances can also make it harder for a driver to operate a motor vehicle safely, but the signs that someone is impaired by them can be very different from the usual signs of a possible DUI that police are trained to look for.
Increasing police patrols increases the chances of stopping those who should not be driving, but it also increases the chances that an officer may make a mistake. If you have been charged with drunk driving, contact the experienced DUI defense lawyers in Colorado Springs at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. We can help you understand your legal rights as well as the options available to you. For a free and confidential consultation, call us today at 719-475-2555.