Be warned, Colorado drivers – law enforcement authorities throughout the state have already kicked off their heightened Labor Day DUI enforcement efforts, and they will be focused on making DUI arrests through the next week.
As part of The Heat Is On DUI campaign, the Labor Day crackdown will involve more patrols, as well as sobriety checkpoints set up throughout the state. It will also involve an education campaign, which includes commercials and public service announcements alerting drivers that:
- This stepped up DUI enforcement will continue through Monday September 7th (i.e., through the end of Labor Day weekend).
- “A few can still be dangerous,” meaning that buzzed driving is drunk driving.
These efforts reportedly coincide with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) national DUI crackdown, a campaign known as Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, which is reportedly being supported by about 10,000 agencies across the U.S.
DUI Arrests Made in CO over the 2014 Labor Day Enforcement Period
Noting the effectiveness of this enforcement campaign, CDOT has revealed that:
- More than 1,100 DUI arrests were made by authorities in 2014 over the same Labor Day enforcement period.
- In 2014, approximately 33 percent of the total number of fatalities caused by drunk drivers occurred during the Memorial Day weekend or Labor Day weekend.
- In 2013, this DUI enforcement campaign resulted in more than 1,400 DUI arrests.
Cautioning drivers against getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol (and becoming a DUI arrest statistic), Col. Scott Hernandez, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol has warned:
Our goal is to keep the roads safe, no matter the time of year…Even though the summer-long Checkpoint Colorado DUI patrols are winding down, the Labor Day enforcement is a reminder to motorists statewide that we will remain vigilant in our efforts to arrest impaired drivers.
What to Do If You Are Stopped for Allegedly Driving Drunk
If you end up being stopped by a traffic officer during this DUI crackdown (or at any point in the future) for suspicion of drunk driving, protect yourself and your rights by:
- Immediately pulling over and providing your driver’s license/proof of insurance/vehicle registration paperwork.
- NOT admitting to having consumed alcohol.
- NOT submitting to field sobriety testing if you believe you will fail.
- NOT letting officers search your vehicle if they request to do so.
- NOT resisting arrest if officers decide to arrest you.
- Contacting a Broomfield DUI attorney at The Datz Law Firm ASAP.
Contact a Broomfield DUI Attorney at The Datz Law Firm
If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI, a seasoned Broomfield DUI attorney at The Datz Law Firm is ready to provide you with superior defense representation. At The Datz Law Firm, we know how stressful and consuming serious legal problems can be. That’s why we’re here to help you resolve your legal issues, get through these challenging times and move forward into a brighter future.
To discuss your defense options and get your case started today, schedule an initial consultation with one of our attorneys by calling our firm at (720) 256-2404 or emailing us using the contact form at the top of this page.
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