The Heat Is On This St. Patrick’s Day Weekend
In an effort to reduce fatal and injury crashes this St. Patrick’s Day weekend, Colorado Law Enforcement agencies will increase DUI enforcement efforts across the state beginning Friday, March 16th.
Between Friday, March 16th and Monday, March 20th, drivers should expect to see saturation of police watching for drivers under the influence. Last year during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday enforcement period, Colorado law enforcement arrested 455 motorists across the state (a 9% decrease as compared to 2015).
- If you plan to celebrate the holiday by consuming alcohol or marijuana, you are strongly urged to plan ahead for a sober ride, whether that is with a person in your group, a cab, or Lyft/UBER.
- If you are hosting, be sure to offer your guests plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages. Confirm upon greeting your guests that they each have a plan to get home with a sober driver and keep a watchful eye for those who may deviate from their original plan so that you can attempt to stop him/her and call a taxi, use a rideshare app, or offer your couch for the night.
While many local news outlets report that the approximate cost of a first time DUI in the state of Colorado is near $15,000.00, this estimate reflects monetary costs associated with criminal charges only. Drivers are reminded that they may also face civil liability which could amount to much more if they choose to drive under the influence and cause harm to others.
If you or a family member is seriously injured by an impaired driver over the holiday weekend, hire a law firm where the experienced attorneys can quickly identify pursue all possible avenues of recovery available to you. Contact the Colorado Springs Injury Attorneys at Rosenbaum & Wootton, P.C. by calling 719.634.0102 or by clicking on this link to schedule your FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION.