With other big holidays behind us, there is still one big celebration left this year. New Year’s Eve is on Saturday, and the night will be sure to bring out the party animal in many of us. The city is offering some helpful transportation options for those out there who want to avoid being pulled over for drunk driving. That sort of scenario would not be a fun way to ring in the New Year.
So bring on the party hats, sparkly outfits, champagne and midnight kisses, and save yourself from becoming one of what is reportedly already a high number of Colorado DUI suspects for this holiday season. Denver sources report that more than 1,300 people have been arrested for DUI in Colorado since law enforcement crackdowns began around Thanksgiving.
Of course, with New Year’s that number of DUI arrestees is likely to go up. This upcoming holiday celebration is notorious for officers out on the roads, looking for intoxicated drivers. If you are planning to drink, however, there are local ways to get around town without even getting behind the wheel.
The Colorado Department of Transportation is working with MillerCoors to coordinate transportation options for those party animals out there who want to avoid a DUI interrogation altogether. For Denver partiers, they can simply call 1-800-TAXICAB in order to find a cab company near them. MillerCoors and RTD are also reportedly providing free transit rides through Denver’s metro area in order to make the night of fun easier on residents who want to get around.
Of course, there will still be those who do drive and get pulled over for suspicion of DUI. A DUI suspect must consent to a breath test or else he will get his license suspended. However, a drunk driving arrest is not automatic doom. An aggressive criminal defense attorney who is experienced in challenging the facts of a DUI arrest can be helpful by mitigating the seriousness of a charge.
9News.com: “Denver ready to ring in the new year,” Blair Shiff, Dec. 30, 2011