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March 2014 Archives

Colorado lawmakers consider toughening DUI laws

It’s an annual ritual among politicians who want to be perceived as tough on crime: propose harsher sentencing. When it comes to people convicted of driving under the influence, those stricter penalties can too often mean that they don’t get the help they need.

High speed police chase

Recently, the Denver metro area woke up to a high speed police chase. Early in the morning a car was left running at a gas station with a four year old boy inside. A simple stop to get coffee turned into a harrowing ordeal for one area parent.

Reckless Driving in Colorado

104 Cars Involved in Huge Pile Up One person died and 30 were injured on March 1, 2014 in the 104 car pile up on Interstate 25. The cold and bad weather create opportunities for accidents. Your life can change in a split second and we should avoid driving when conditions are bad, if you don't have to. According to IceyRoadSafety.com, Colorado is among the top ten states for Icy Road fatalities. If you are driving in snowy/icy conditions, you want to slow down, pay attention to the road, and be very careful of other cars.

Professor's advice: Just say no to field sobriety tests

Field sobriety tests are methods used by police officers during traffic stops in effort to determine if a driver is intoxicated. The tests were developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the 1970s and they haven’t changed much since then.

Marijuana + Operating a Motor Vehicle

Potential DUI The Colorado Department of Transportation, also known as CDOT, is investing $430,000.00 into a statewide campaign called "Drive High, Get a DUI". In Colorado, "it is a misdemeanor for any person who is under the influence of alcohol or one or more drugs, or a combination of both alcohol or one or more drugs, to drive a motor vehicle." You know this as Driving Under the Influence or DUI. The DUI law is drafted broadly enough to encompass marijuana, prescription drugs, and other controlled substances.