As we have often discussed on this blog, the Heat Is On campaign is sponsored by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), local police departments, and the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and it focuses on increased enforcement of DUI laws in Denver and throughout the state of Colorado. During holidays and other time periods that traditionally involve alcohol, law enforcement officers use tactics such as saturation patrols, DUI checkpoints, and increased patrol officers on duty, especially in areas with high risk of drunk drivers. The latest enforcement period started on April 4th and will continue until May 17th. During this time, all drivers in Denver and surrounding areas should be aware of increased police presence who are specifically seeking out potentially impaired drivers.
Many reasons to celebrate in spring
In 2014, law enforcement officers across Colorado arrested 1,800 individuals on suspicion of drunk driving during the spring events enforcement period. The spring enforcement period is due largely to the many events that take place in the first weeks of spring that may involve drinking. The events traditionally include the following:
- Professional baseball games; and
State Patrol officers also state that, with the warmer weather and longer days, there are generally more people out on the road. While snow and cold often keep people indoors, the springtime often calls to people to get out on the roads with the windows down, which also may make them drive faster and for longer distances. With more motorists on the road, the risk of a dangerous and harmful collision increases when a driver gets behind the wheel after drinking too much alcohol.
During April and into May, you may also notice law enforcement officers present at concerts, baseball games, and other events in order to spread awareness of the Heat Is On efforts and to hopefully deter drunk drivers. For example, officers will be at Coors Field to hand out posters and broadcast PSAs to Rockies fans regarding the risk of arrest if they get into their cars after drinking at the stadium.
During these heavy enforcement periods, everyone should be careful because police will be actively searching for drunk drivers. If you do get arrested, your first call should be to an experienced DUI defense lawyer to represent you in your case.
An experienced DUI defense lawyer in Denver can help you with your case
The best way to avoid a DUI conviction is to not drive impaired to begin with. However, simply because you have been arrested or charged does not necessarily mean you have to plead guilty or have a conviction on your record. Experienced DUI defense attorney Jay Tiftickjian is not hesitant to take DUI cases to trial to fight against wrongful charges. Even if you do decide to plead guilty, having a experienced and skilled lawyer on your side can lessen the consequences you face. If you have been arrested for DUI, call the Tiftickjian Law Firm today at 303-DUI-5280 to find out how we can help you.