Even though summer has come and gone, law enforcement officers are taking this time to ramp up DUI enforcement. After all, driving impaired never truly ends. Summer DUIs are quickly replaced by Halloween DUIs and Christmas season DUIs. As such, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado State Patrol began a late summer campaign to focus their efforts on curbing dunk driving.
Last year, when law enforcement officers ran a late summer DUI campaign, they arrested 694 impaired drivers. This year, they believe they will arrest or stop at least that many drivers.
The Heat is On Campaign runs throughout the year and never stops. It includes 16 high-visibility enforcement periods that typically center around holidays and events. These enforcement periods often include sobriety checkpoints, patrols, and additional on-highway police cruisers that can help keep the roads a bit safer.
They run these campaigns to help stop drunk drivers. Unfortunately, many people drive drunk without fully realizing it. A CDOT study found that individuals routinely underestimated their level of impairment. They also didn’t realize that they could still be arrested with a BAC under 0.08%.
Drunk Driving in Colorado
This year in Colorado, 133 people died in accidents that involved a drunk driver. Even worse, drunk driving is responsible for 36 percent of all the car accident fatalities this year alone. What counties are the worst for drunk driving?
- Denver – 14 deaths
- Adams – 12 deaths
- Arapahoe – 11 deaths
- Jefferson – 11 deaths
- El Paso – 10 deaths
- Pueblo – 10 deaths
Sadly, drunk driving accidents seem to occur no matter what the traffic is like on Colorado roads. Even though there were fewer cars on the road in 2020, deadly drunk driving accidents still occurred. Last year, 212 people died in drunk driving accidents in Colorado. This was higher than the previous year.
What to Do After a Drunk Driving Accident?
If you suffered an injury in an accident with a drunk driver, the steps you take after the crash can have a significant impact on your ability to collect the compensation you deserve.
- Call 911
- Seek medical treatment
- Obtain a copy of the police report
- Gather evidence (photos of the crash, eyewitness info)
- Stay off of social media
- Follow treatment plan
- Keep a recovery journal
- Contact an experienced Colorado car accident lawyer
Many injured accident victims believe that because the police showed up at the accident scene, they’re also handling their civil case. This is not true. Police are only there to document the accident scene and handle any criminal charges against the drunk driver. You must contact a personal injury attorney to handle the civil aspects of your case.
After a drunk driving accident in Colorado, call the attorneys at the Gold Law Firm. You deserve to explore all your legal options. Contact attorney Greg Gold today for a free consultation at (303) 694-4653, or by filling out the contact form on this page.
The Gold Law firm serves the survivors and families of personal injury, car accidents, sexual assault, and insurance disputes throughout the state of Colorado, including Castle Pines, Denver, Akron, Brush, Byers, Fort Morgan, Greeley, Holyoke, Strasburg, Weldona, Wiggins, and Yuma.