In July of 2017, 25 people were killed on Colorado roadways in crashes involving impaired drivers. This is the highest amount of such fatalities in one month since 2014. The Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol, and other local law agencies are ramping up their annual “The Heat Is On Campaign” one week early this year to help ensure the roads are safe from impaired drivers. Heightened DUI enforcement began on August 18, 2017, and runs through September 5, 2017, for a three-week crackdown. Over 118 law enforcement agencies from across the state will be participating in this event, which makes it the largest crackdown of the year.
In 2016, law enforcement cited 974 impaired drivers during the Labor Day Holiday, which was an average of 54 arrests per day. This number was the third-highest arrest total out of CDOT's fourteen different enforcement periods in 2016.
If you’re planning to travel during this time for some last-minute summer fun, be mindful of yourself and others. Think twice before you drink or use any other substance prior to getting behind the wheel. Have a designated driver, or call for a Lyft, or Uber, or taxi. Download the apps now, or store these numbers in your phone before heading out to your barbecue:
Yellow Cab: (719) 777-7777
Springs Cab: (719) 444-8686.
Pikes Peak Cab: (719) 888-9000
Finally, if you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of a drunk driver, call the law firm of McKinney & Associates at (719) 633-4541 to schedule a Free Consultation.