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Authorities look for impaired drivers during holiday periods

We all enjoy holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, but for some people, overindulging during these times can lead to impaired driving charges. In order to crack down on drunk driving, the Colorado State Patrol has been on the lookout for people who may be driving under the influence of alcohol during these holidays.

For example, during the Halloween week crackdown, there were 447 DUI arrests made around the state – 39 of which took place in Colorado Springs.

Likewise, with the increased travel that takes place for Thanksgiving, those driving during Thanksgiving week were also being watched carefully by law enforcement. According to the State Patrol, there were four alcohol and drug related fatal car accidents this year during that time.

Officials say that they will continue these holiday patrols during the Christmas season, and remind drivers that this is not a time to be lax when it comes to driving under the influence.

“The holiday season is a time for celebrating with co-workers, friends and families. Don’t make the poor decision to drive after drinking alcohol,” Colonel James Wolfinbarger, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol, told the Journal-Advocate. “That bad choice can wipe out your holiday shopping budget and could put your life and the lives of others at risk. If you choose to drink and drive, you will be arrested.”

Campaigns to Raise Awareness

In order to remind drivers to stay safe during the holiday season, the Colorado Department of Transportation has embarked on a statewide campaign that includes posters placed in bars, restaurants and liquor stores, as well as Internet advertising. The consequences of a Boulder DUI conviction can be costly and may include: jail time and probation, fines and court fees, driver’s license suspension, alcohol education courses and possibly an ignition interlock device.

Over the holidays one drink too many can result in a driving under the influence charge. An experienced Boulder criminal defense attorney can advise of possible defenses and minimize the driving privilege consequences.