Last year Utah made headlines by introducing a bill that lowered DUI charges to include drivers who were driving with a .05 percent Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) level or higher. This law goes into effect later this year.
St. Patrick's Day is fast approaching. Colorado is not typically the place people associate with the celebration of all things Irish. However, people around the state are happy to honor Irish culture and heritage. An inclusive holiday, many people celebrate St. Patrick's Day regardless of their personal ancestry. Over 32 million people in the U.S. are of Irish descent, and many Coloradoans have Irish ancestry.
Wanting to stay safe while on the road may be a strong goal of yours. You may want to protect yourself, your passengers and other travelers on the roadways by staying focused and remaining defensive behind the wheel. This may mean that you need to be on the lookout for other drivers who may not have your best interests -- or even their own -- in mind as they travel the roads.
You may remember the first time you got behind the wheel of a car as a teenager. It was a thrilling moment, and you may have marveled at your ability to control that machine with so little effort. Pulling too hard on the steering wheel took the car in a direction you did not intend. Too much pressure on the accelerator and the vehicle seemed to leap out from under you.
Slightly slurred speech, excessive giggles or a sleepy facial expression may hint that a person is tipsy, but it is hard to accurately assess someone's blood alcohol content without a blood or urine test. If you are hit by another motorist, you may suspect the other driver is drunk -- but how to be sure?
It is usually not against the law to order a glass of wine while out to dinner and then drive home. Yet even if a driver has a BAC less than the legal limit, a driver's fatigue, prescription medication and other factors can mean even one alcoholic drink before driving is not a good idea.
It is the holiday season, which means parties. Whether at a gathering of family and friends or a work event, it can sometimes be difficult to know when that one last drink pushes you over the legal limit to drive.
It is increasingly easy to avoid drunk driving. Uber and other ridesharing companies can provide a cheaper way home. Anyone with a smartphone can download an app that helps you avoid drunk driving by pinpointing your location and calling a cab. And decades of information about how many people die every year from drunk driving has done a lot to increase the social stigma attached to driving under the influence.
Most Denver residents will probably be attending a holiday party or event this season. Many times these holiday parties involve alcohol. When a person makes the decision to drive after drinking they are taking their lives, and the lives of others on the road, into their own hands.