Colorado’s “100 Days of Heat” is Over, but DUI Checkpoints Still Pop Up

Summer is officially over. The first day of fall was just a few days ago and already the weather is starting to feel cooler and the leaves are starting to change colors. But this is no excuse to let down your guard when you are contemplating getting behind the wheel after having a few drinks.

A few weeks ago we added a blog posting on Colorado’s “Heat is On” campaign to prevent drunk driving. Every summer the Colorado Department of Transportation runs its “100 Days of Heat” operation. For anyone new to Colorado or who has not noticed this enforcement campaign in the past, it is a summer-long event that promotes DUI awareness and includes several DUI checkpoints that are the most prevalent on holidays such as the 4th of July, Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend. More information about the campaign can be found here.

Now that summer is over, I thought I’d post some facts about DUI arrests that occurred during Colorado’s warmest months. The Denver Post recently reported that this past summer’s DUI arrests were higher this year than last. The number of alcohol-related driving arrests was up 40 percent. This increase can be attributed to a few factors including more people traveling in and through the state of Colorado this year. When the recession struck several years ago, many people curtailed their driving because of the high price of gas and because of other expenses related to traveling by car. But this year, the number of vehicles on the road increased back to more a more normal level.

The Denver Post article reports that a spokesperson for the American Automobile Association (“AAA”) stated that this year consisted of “the most Labor Day traveling since before the recession.” An estimated half million more cars were on the road this past Labor Day weekend than last year.

The Heat is On Campaign is highly publicized. During the summer, drivers see bright signs as they drive on Colorado’s major highways that alert them to the “The 100 Days of Heat” crusade. Signs warn drivers of the dangers of driving while intoxicated. There are increased DUI checkpoints and law enforcement agents who are out in full force – looking for anyone suspected of drinking and driving. Yet, there are always people who choose to ignore all these facts. They still become intoxicated and get behind the wheel. When people do this – especially during the summer months in Colorado – arrests are unavoidable.

Summer is now officially over the Colorado Department of Transportation’s “100 Days of Heat” campaign is done for the season. But just because the campaign is over, you should have no reason to think you won’t get arrested and charged with a DUI if you are drinking and driving. Even though there are fewer DUI checkpoints set up around the state during the “slow” months of the year, there are still patrol officers looking for anyone suspected of driving while under the influence. The next holiday when increased DUI checkpoints will be prevalent on Colorado roads is Halloween.

If you have been charged with drunk driving in Denver, contact an experienced DUI defense attorney at Tiftickjian Law Firm, P.C. With offices in Denver and Aspen, the law firm’s defense lawyers can be contacted at (303) DUI-5280.

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