Holidays are a time for celebration. Unfortunately, sometimes the festivities lead to problems on the highway. Just as local law enforcement officials cracked down on drunk driving in October with a special campaign by the Colorado Department of Transportation, those initiatives will continue throughout the holiday season in November and December.
As part of the state transportation department’s special campaign named “The Heat Is On,” 447 drunk driving arrests were made during the initiative’s period from October 28 to November 1. Across the state, 95 departments and agencies contributed to the efforts. According to data collected by officials, Colorado Springs ranked second highest for the most driving under the influence (DUI) arrests. The municipalities that saw the most activity during the clampdown were:
- Denver (58 arrests)
- Colorado Springs (39 arrests)
- Aurora (21 arrests)
- Adams County (20 arrests)
- Thornton (16 arrests)
As with all DUI violations, the individuals arrested faced DUI penalties including the potential suspension of driver’s licenses, over $10,000 in fines, and possible insurance premium increases. Tragically, there were ten alcohol-related accidents in October this year. However, the amount of fatalities has decreased since 2009 when there were 26 deaths, and this may be related to increased enforcement efforts.
Local agencies in Colorado Springs, and across the state, are now preparing for another campaign against drunk driving during Thanksgiving week from November 22 to November 28. If you’ve facing drunk driving charges in Colorado, contact the Colorado DUI defense attorneys with the Bussey Law Firm, P.C. at (719) 475-2555 for a complimentary and confidential review.