The Journal Advocate reports that that Colorado State Patrol (CSP), along with local law enforcement agencies, is stepping up to crack down on drunk driving during St. Patrick’s Day this year.
The “Heat is On” is an ongoing CSP campaign that targets drivers that are impaired, particularly during certain holiday periods. This particularly campaign began on Friday, March 11, and will continue until early Friday morning, March 18. The goal is to decrease drunk driving-related incidents around St. Patrick’s Day. Along with the CSP, other police departments across the state have increased their patrols and have planned saturation patrols to catch impaired drivers.
In preparation for St. Patrick’s Day, the Colorado Department of Transportation expanded the coverage of the smartphone application “R-U-Buzzed”, which began several years ago for iPhone users. This free app is now available on iPhones as well as Android smartphones and with it, users are able to enter their gender, weight, the time they have spent drinking as well as the number of drinks they have consumed to determine their blood alcohol level (BAC).
According to 9 News, last year the “Heat is On” campaign set a record for the number of DUI arrests made during a St. Patrick’s Day period of enforcement. During the six day period, 688 people were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Five people died in car accidents during that time; however, it is not known whether alcohol was a factor in those crashes.
This St. Patrick’s Day, plan ahead to avoid putting your life and the lives of others in danger by arranging to have a designated driver or taxi take you home. Doing so can also prevent a Colorado Springs DUI arrest. However, if you are charged with drunk driving in Colorado, it is important for you to remember you have certain legal rights.
You may feel that there isn’t a choice other than admitting guilt following a DUI arrest, but you should be aware that with aggressive and skilled representation by a Colorado DUI attorney, you may be able to have the penalties reduced or receive alternative sentencing. At The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., our lawyers have many years of experience putting a strong defense together for our clients and successfully obtaining the best possible outcome for them. To learn more, call 719-475-2555.