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September 2012 Archives

Drivers Turning to Apps to Check Impairment

Smartphones allow users to have a wealth of information right at their fingertips. People can go online to check the weather, or make a reservation at a busy restaurant. If in an unfamiliar city, the phones can be used to provide directions or help determine how close people might be to major landmarks.

Traffic violations and construction zones

A Denver driving gained the attention of the Federal Highway Administration after receiving a traffic ticket and then complaining about how the construction zone signs were not visible or posted correctly. It appears that some of these portable signs were kept up beyond federal guideline standards, but drivers were continually being ticketed in any case.

Man accused of sexual assault may have been misidentified

Undoubtedly, accusations of rape need to be taken seriously. There has long been criticism of the way rape and sexual assault trials have been tried in that the victim is sometimes made to feel like the one actually on trial.

DUI Roadblocks Replaced by More Police on the Streets?

In a prior blog posting, we discussed some of the requirements for police conducting sobriety checkpoints. Failing to follow these rules could potentially jeopardize any of the drugged or drunk driving arrests made at each of these checkpoints.

Colorado doctors charged with overprescribing prescription medicine

The Denver Post reports that two Western Slope doctors were brought up on drug charges this week, alleging that the doctors overprescribed painkillers to their patients. Prosecutors say that the two doctors offered treatment that led to the deaths of four patients.

Law enforcement DUI campaign ended on Labor Day

The rate of drunken driving arrests in Colorado is up more than 40 percent from what it was last summer. Obviously, this isn't because more individuals are drinking and driving. Instead, what it does mean is that law enforcement is cracking down on drunk driving.

Surveillance system shows domestic violence charges may be false

A man out east was charged with a number of crimes, but it now appears that a home security surveillance system may exonerate him from these serious charges. The domestic violence charges range from aggravated assault, terroristic threats and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

Getting to Know You Much Easier for Law Enforcement

Nearly every person has some type of social media account. Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites made it much easier to communicate with one another. Photos get posted online, and status updates let everyone we know what we are doing at any given time.

Professional football player acquitted of sexual assault

A former cornerback of the Denver Broncos and now starter for the 49ers is trying to get his life back in order after recently being acquitted for sexual assault. Because of the sexual assault charges leveled against him in Colorado, Perrish Cox was unable to play in the NFL during the 2011 season.

With School Beginning, Officials Focused on Underage Drinking

Walk on almost any college campus in nearly any college town and it will be very obvious that there will be several places for students to go when they want to have a drink. Many of these establishments spend extra time getting ready for each school year, because if the serve a minor they can find themselves with severe problems.

School zones and traffic violations

It's the same every year for Denver police this time of year. Drivers are constantly being pulled over for traffic violations involving exceeding the speed limit for school zones. "We don't give warnings in school zones," said one police officer. "We have a zero tolerance policy."

Marijuana arrests in Colorado

In light of Amendment 64 that is up for a vote in Colorado, everyone has an opinion concerning whether marijuana should or should not be legalized. The National Association for Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is endorsing the passage of this amendment because a disproportionate number of arrests for marijuana in Colorado involve those of African American heritage. The Colorado Drug Investigators Association (CDIA) opposes such a measure because such legalization will purportedly result in increased use of the drug - especially by teenagers.