What is Colorado Doing to Stop Impaired Driving?
Impaired driving continues to be a problem in our state, so what is our state doing to help eliminate the problem and could we be doing more?
In 2006, Colorado Senate Bill 06-192 created the Colorado Task Force on Drunk and Impaired Driving, whose mission is to support the prevention, awareness, enforcement, and treatment of drunk and impaired driving in Colorado through strong partnerships with public, private, and non-profit organizations.
The Key Recommendations put forth by the Task Force for 2018 include
- Support and endorsement for the passage of a primary safety restraint law (meaning you could be pulled over and ticketed if you or a passenger is not wearing a seatbelt or otherwise properly restrained);
- Encouragement to the Judicial Districts to implement a 24/7 Sobriety Project aimed at repeat impaired driving offenders; and
- Recommendation for analysis of the Law Enforcement Assistance Fund (LEAF) to determine whether it is compliant with its statutory intent and creation. LEAF is what funds the state’s The Heat Is On campaign, which aims to increase awareness about and enforcement of impaired driving laws in our state.
In 2011, the Persistent Drunk Driver Committee launched the No Dui Colorado website:
The objective of this site is to act as a resource for the exchange of information regarding impaired driving.
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.
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