If someone crashes into your car and injures you, the police should test them for alcohol in their system. If they are over the permitted blood alcohol concentration (BAC), it should be easier to claim that the crash was their fault. What they were doing was illegal.
Those who live or travel in Colorado's suburbs and the Greater Denver-Metro region know what it is like to navigate state roads and highways. Car accidents caused by drunk drivers and speeding remain high in this area, prompting law enforcement to launch a highway speed enforcement event.
One of the hardest things for police officers to do when responding to a car crash is to determine who was at fault. What they write in their report can have long-term implications for the people involved in the crash.
Do any of the people you know drive after consuming one or more drinks? Do they say they are sober enough to drive responsibly? Have you ever seen anyone you know drive erratically after consuming alcoholic beverages?
Whether in Colorado or elsewhere, all drivers should understand they are responsible for the safety of not only themselves, but also their passengers and anyone else they encounter on their route. Drivers who follow safety measures both before and during their time behind the wheel help to reduce the chance of their vehicle becoming involved in a serious accident. Such measures include avoiding alcohol and drugs before driving, maintaining a safe vehicle, following traffic rules and avoiding distractions while driving. Unfortunately, those who fail to take any of these precautions seriously often end up causing a tragedy.
Legislation that enacted felony drunk driving crimes were hailed by many groups in Michigan. From Mothers Against Drunk Driving to the Foundation to Advance Alcohol Responsibility, new and more severe consequences for driving under the influence (DUI) was welcome news.
One of the most common causes of injuries and fatalities in crashes in Colorado is drunk driving. The Colorado Division of Criminal Justice determined that over a third of drivers convicted of a DUI in 2018 previously had a DUI conviction. Perhaps more surprisingly, 8% had three or more but were still behind the wheel.
In Colorado, like in all U.S. states, it is illegal to drive while under the influence of alcohol or another substance that impairs you. One piece of information that is largely misunderstood is the blood alcohol content limit, which is currently set at .08%.
Drunk driving crashes don't have to happen, and yet many of them do occur each day. Unfortunately, these crashes often lead to personal injuries, disabilities and death.
With the start of the winter holiday season right around the corner, there's a chance that you'll be out on the roads visiting with friends and family members. One thing that you need to be prepared for is an uptick in the number of the drivers on the road. Unfortunately, some of those individuals will be impaired.