Celebrate America’s Freedom Without Losing Yours
Law Enforcement Steps Up DUI Patrols for Fourth of July Weekend
Fourth of July has always been a favorite time of year for many Americans, marking a summer spike in backyard parties, BBQs, children running with sparklers and the boom of fireworks. As Coloradans across the state celebrate America’s freedom, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Colorado State Patrol (CSP) encourages all celebrators to avoid losing theirs – if you drive impaired, you will go to jail. This Fourth of July weekend, CDOT, CSP and local law enforcement agencies across the state are joining forces for an increased DUI education and enforcement period through The Heat Is On campaign. The increased enforcement runs July 3 – July 7
“While there is plenty of fun to be had this weekend, we’re simply asking Coloradans to be responsible on our roads,” said Darrell Lingk, Director of the Office of Transportation Safety at CDOT. “We want people to get to and from their celebrations safely, so take the time to plan ahead and designate a sober driver or secure alternate transportation.”
Last year’s enforcement period resulted in 507 DUI arrests throughout Colorado; during this timeframe there were 12 motor vehicle occupant fatalities and over a third were alcohol-related. Of the 12 fatalities, none of the drivers or passengers were wearing their seat belt or a helmet.
“Summertime is in full swing. Many people will be enjoying a three day weekend, which includes travel to see friends and family associated with Fourth of July activities,” said Colonel Scott Hernandez, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “Impairment is a choice and in many cases alcohol or drugs are lethal when combined with driving actions.” “Please make the right choice and assign a sober driver ahead of time.”
A DUI can cost upwards of $10,000 on average, and impaired drivers face jail time, the loss of their driver’s licenses, higher insurance rates, attorney fees, fines and court costs, car towing and repairs, and many more unanticipated costs. An impaired driver not only faces severe consequences when they are caught, but they are also a danger to everyone else on the roads or sidewalks.
There are plenty of alternatives to driving, and all of them are far less expensive than a DUI:
· Have a sober friend or family member drive
· Take public transit – Plan your trip at RTD-Denver.com
· Call a cab – Call 1-800-TAXI-CAB (829-4222)
· Participate in a ride share service such as Lyft or Uber – find each app in Apple’s App Store or the Android Market
For more tips on DUI prevention and Colorado DUI statistics, visit NoDUIColorado.com.
The Heat Is On runs the entire year with 12 specific DUI enforcement periods centered on national holidays and large, public events. More details about the DUI enforcement plans and arrest results can be found at HeatIsOnColorado.com.