In an effort to reduce drug and alcohol related transportation deaths, The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is increasing education and enforcement around the Labor Day holiday. Between August 21st and September 8th, CDOT is taking special steps to educate the public and to ensure that extra law enforcement is available to monitor the roads for drunk or high drivers.
Labor Day Weekend DUI Enforcement
If 2014 serves as any indication, the period around Labor Day leads to many drunk or high drivers. Last year’s Labor Day enforcement period gave rise to just over a thousand DUI arrests and saw about 165 DUI related fatalities. In an effort to reduce fatalities and spot offenders, CDOT will once again take steps to put extra law enforcement on the roads until September 8th. Off of the roads, CDOT will launch a DUI education campaign, spearheaded by commercials reminding the public that even a few drinks can be dangerous. On the roads, CDOT will team up with participating law enforcement agencies to place extra law enforcement officials on the state’s roads.
Driving under the Influence or Driving Impaired—CDOT will Monitor For Both Offenses
Under Colorado law, a driver, who has used marijuana or alcohol could break the law in various ways. First, a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (“BAC”) of .08 or greater could trigger a driving under the influence arrest. There is likewise a legal limit for marijuana consumption—drivers with more than five nanograms of active tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) per milliliter of blood, may also face arrest for driving under the influence of drugs. But drivers may not be aware that a .05 BAC level triggers a driving while impaired (DWAI) offense. Both DUI and DWAI carry serious consequences.
The potential penalties for a first DUI include up to one year in jail, a fine, license suspension, and mandatory alcohol and community service. There are greater penalties for subsequent offenses. Most severely, a recent Colorado law makes it a felony to receive four or more DUIs. A felony DUI carries the potential for up to a $500,000 fine and up to six years in jail.
A DWAI conviction also carries serious consequences, including up to six months of jail time and fines, as well as mandatory community service. Drivers accused of DWAI may also gain up to eight points on their license.
An experienced attorney may be able to help accused drivers reduce theses penalties and navigate the courts.
If You’ve Been Accused of Impaired Driving, Contact An Experienced Denver Drunk Driving Attorney Today for Help
Given the seriousness of DUI and DWAI charges, accused drivers need assistance as soon as possible after arrest. The experienced and skilled Colorado drunk driving attorneys at the Tiftickjian Law Firm can help you understand confusing procedures and defend yourself against drunk driving accusations. To set up your free case consultation with one of our knowledgeable Denver DUI attorneys, call today at (303) DUI-5280.