An investigation conducted by 9News and I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS found that a large number of people arrested for DUI should not have been behind the wheel to start with.
After analyzing more than 45,000 Colorado DUI citations issued over a two year period, the study concluded that about twenty-five percent of the drivers did not have a valid license. The investigation did not include statistics for Denver County, due to difficulties in accessing the pertinent data. However, assuming that the trend in Denver was similar to the rest of the state, it can be projected that, of the 14,000 drunk drivers who did not have a license, 3,000 had previously lost their license due to a past DUI or DWAI conviction. The report does not indicate why the majority of drunken drivers – the other 11,000- were driving without a valid license.
Some counties showed a higher percentage of unlicensed DUI drivers than others. In Boulder County, for example, just 13 percent of the arrested drivers had no license. But in Pueblo County, the rate was 36 percent.
by Jay Tiftickjian