Summer is a wonderful time to relax and enjoy time with family. Many family gatherings and social events happen this time of year, and alcohol is often served at these gatherings. Those who consume alcohol should have a plan in place for transportation and never attempt to drive. In an effort to keep roadways safe and reduce drunk driving, the Colorado Department of Transportation, along with the Colorado State Patrol and law enforcement agencies across the state, recently conducted the Summer Strikeout DUI enforcement campaign
In the Summer Strikeout campaign, CDOT coordinated efforts with police across the state to ramp up DUI enforcement. These measures included increased patrols, sobriety checkpoints and additional officers on duty to stop drunk drivers. According to CDOT, a total of 276 impaired drivers were arrested during the Summer Strikeout DUI enforcement period last year. CDOT said so far this year, 102 people have been killed in crashes caused by suspected impaired drivers in Colorado.
An officer with the Colorado State Patrol is urging residents to make the right choices this summer and never drink and drive. The officer encouraged residents to have a plan in place if they will be consuming alcohol. CDOT’s Office of Transportation Safety Director said the ultimate goal is zero deaths on Colorado roadways. Impaired driving education and prevention is a big component of achieving this goal, he said.
Being arrested and charged with DUI can definitely ruin any person’s summer. Those in Colorado who have been arrested for DUI have options available that can help with DUI defense. By consulting an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney, those charged can obtain much-needed guidance and the opportunity to achieve the best possible outcome.