Holidays are known for positive memories and relaxation, but they can also increase the risk of accidents -- especially if individuals act irresponsibly. Colorado law enforcement often increases patrols during periods where people may be celebrating, in order to prevent a serious accident or accidents that could be caused by drunk driving. Once again, the Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Department of Transportation and local law enforcement will be increasing their enforcement from Aug. 21 to Sept. 8.
No one is immune from being a victim of a drunk driving accident, since even the most seemingly trustworthy people can engage in drunk driving. Early on Saturday, August 8, 2020, a detention officer based in Colorado was arrested on drunk driving charges.
Dangerous driving behaviors, such as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, can cause a wide range of negative outcomes. Often these serious accidents involve two vehicles colliding.
Drunk drivers are nearly always on the roads, even though it's illegal to drink and drive. Whether they've used drugs or had too much alcohol to drink at a local bar, they could pose a threat to your safety.
When a driver involved in a crash that harms another person, there will be serious legal consequences. If that driver is under the influence of alcohol, the penalties are much more severe.
Drunk drivers are the cause of approximately 29 deaths per day in this country. Because driving drunk is a voluntary decision that a driver has to make purposefully, each death caused by drunk driver is preventable. In addition to those who lose their lives, there are countless other victims who suffer injuries in crashes caused by impaired drivers.
Car crashes happen for a variety of reasons, and some circumstances are beyond the control of those involved. However, if a driver does or fails to do something that causes a serious collision, punishment through the criminal justice system may not only be inevitable, but necessary. A recent car crash in Colorado resulted in that very action, as a man has been charged with driving under the influence and other offenses after authorities say that he caused a crash that left four people hospitalized.
Every motorist understands the dangers of impaired driving. We are reminded of this throughout the year, particularly around summer holidays when drinking and driving is on the rise. Despite these warnings, people continue to drink and drive and injure other drivers and passengers on the roadway.
Car accidents can happen for a variety of reasons. Because of this, all drivers in Colorado and across the country must work to prevent causing a car crash, including abstaining from drugs and alcohol before driving. Unfortunately, drunk driving can come with serious consequences, even though it is completely preventable.
Drunk driving is a serious problem that puts Colorado residents in danger. This is one cause of crashes that's preventable, so it's a tragedy when a wreck that's caused by someone who's impaired occurs.