The Colorado Department of Transportation launched a major enforcement campaign beginning on Halloween to target drunk drivers on state roads. During this Halloween enforcement period, stretching from Oct. 31 to Nov. 4, 228 drivers were arrested and charged with impaired driving. Called “The Heat Is On,” the campaign involved 91 different law enforcement agencies across the state. It marked a significant drop from the toll of the year before, however, when 378 people were arrested during the special enforcement period. Spokespeople said that holiday weekends are of particular concern for DUI because people go out to parties and consume alcohol or cannabis before driving home.
State officials said that any amount of cannabis or alcohol can impact a person’s driving ability, urging people to use public transit, get a ride from a friend or call a cab or rideshare instead. The state announced that its holiday enforcement campaign would return on Nov. 22 with a 10-day blitz of DUI arrests and investigations. In 2017, 593 drivers were arrested across the state as part of the Thanksgiving police activities. During the Halloween period, 25 people were arrested in Denver, 23 in Colorado Springs and 19 in El Paso.
Drunk driving is probably the best-known type of driving while under the influence. There is a clear legal limit for alcohol intoxication behind the wheel. However, the legalization of cannabis has led to other questions and problems. There is no clear determination of how much cannabis consumption impairs a driver’s judgment, and the testing involved can be imprecise, providing little valuable information.
A DUI conviction can lead to serious consequences, including loss of a license, heavy fines and even jail time. People accused of DUI may want to work with a drunk driving defense attorney to challenge questionable police practices and inaccurate test results, aiming to prevent a conviction.