Law enforcement is always on the lookout for individuals who could be driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. DUI arrests happen at all hours of the day and night and in all areas of the state. The Colorado Department of Transportation also provides federal and state funding to local law enforcement offices around the state that choose to participate in the state’s campaign aimed at targeting individuals driving under the influence.
The campaign, known as “The Heat Is On,” has 14 periods throughout the year during which local law enforcement agencies participate in heightened DUI awareness campaigns. Agencies provide additional law enforcement officers, DUI checkpoints, and community awareness programs that coincide with public holidays and other periods throughout the year during which DUIs are traditionally a major concern. According to a recent article from Patch.com, Colorado has already made nearly 900 DUI arrests so far in 2018.
By the Numbers
While the New Year’s enforcement period spilled over into 2018, there have been two major enforcement periods so far this year. These include the Winter Blitz from January 19 through January 29 and Super Bowl Weekend from February 2 through February 5.
During the Winter Blitz enforcement period, there was a small decline in arrests from 2017. This period reportedly saw 601 arrests this year as compared with 608 last year. Troopers with Colorado State Patrol arrested 131 drivers across the state during this period, with Colorado Spring and Denver coming in at 62 arrests and 41 arrests respectively.
Super Bowl Weekend enforcement also saw a decrease from last year’s totals. The article states that this year’s enforcement period netted 259 arrests as opposed to 2017’s total of 278. Again, Colorado State Patrol troopers led the arrests total followed again by Denver and Colorado Springs.
The heightened enforcement periods will continue throughout the year in an effort to combat the dangers posed by individuals driving under the influence. According to the article, there were 232 alcohol and drug-related fatalities in 2017. These totals marked a 16% increase from 2016, which gave cause for concern to law enforcement officials across the state. The next enforcement period will target the St. Patrick’s Day holiday celebrations with increased law enforcement presence beginning on March 16 and running for four days.
The Importance of Legal Advocacy
Most people know that driving under the influence is illegal. However, it is possible to make a mistake. Even when you do and are facing charges for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, you still have important rights that must be protected and advocated for at every step of the legal process.
A DUI conviction can have significant consequences on your life and livelihood. An experienced criminal defense attorney who understand the nuances of the state’s DUI laws as well as how much is at stake when it comes to these serious charges can be an important part of your approach to facing such charges. Contact the criminal defense team at Tiftickjian Law Firm to schedule a consultation and find out more information about what options might be available to you in your circumstances.
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