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.
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.