New Year’s Eve is a time for festive parties, as well as for resolutions to make improvements in the coming year. While there may be a lot to plan for this evening – and in 2016, however, officials at the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) are now warning drivers to also plan not to get behind the wheel tonight if their plans involve drinking alcohol.
That’s because troopers with the Colorado State Patrol (CSP), along with officers from more than 70 local law enforcement agencies throughout the state, will be out in force this evening – and through the weekend – looking to arrest allegedly impaired drivers.
“A New Year’s DUI could ruin your plans,” CDOT has explained.
Elaborating on this New Year’s Eve warning, Col. Scott Hernandez, Chief of the CSP, has stated that:
You can rest assured that all Colorado law enforcement agencies will be highly visible on New Year’s with increased DUI patrols. We will be arresting and citing those who make the poor choice to drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs… We’ll be plenty busy, so we’re asking Coloradans to help prevent their friends and family members from driving impaired.
CDOT’s Tips for Party Hosts
For those who are hosting a New Year’s Eve party this evening, here are some tips from CDOT to prevent impaired party guests from getting behind the wheel:
- Stop serving alcohol at least one hour before the party ends.
- Provide food and non-alcoholic beverages for guests.
- Keep numbers for taxi, ride sharing and/or car services on hand so impaired guests have readily available options for rides.
- Be ready to take keys away from guests who are clearly impaired or intoxicated.
- Consider letting some guests crash on the couch for the evening to help them avoid making the poor decision to get behind the wheel.
Need a Ride? CDOT Is Offering Limited Free Rides Tonight in Denver
If you will be partying this evening in Denver, be aware that CDOT – in partnership with RTD and MillerCoors – is also offering free rides via light rail, mall and RTD bus routes from about 7pm this evening up until midnight. Find a route and more information about the scheduled stops by calling 1 (800)-FREE-RIDES.
Too Late to Avoid a DUI Arrest? Contact a Broomfield DUI Lawyer at The Datz Law Firm
Have you or a loved one been charged with a DUI in Colorado? If so, a Broomfield DUI lawyer 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.
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