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Endless summer of Colorado DUI enforcement

Summer time in Colorado offers an incredibly wide variety of outdoor activities that attract visitors from around the world and make us glad to be residents. It's also a time when the State Patrol, Denver Police Department and other law enforcement agencies conduct season-long DUI enforcement.

That means people should take extra care when attending events such as family get-togethers and parties where alcohol will be served. 

The state's NoDUIColorado.org website offers advice on how to avoid an arrest for driving under the influence. 

The site includes a BAC (blood alcohol content) calculator. While it shouldn't be considered as an infallible way of determining whether or not a driver exceeds the legal threshold of 0.08 percent alcohol, it does give an idea of where a driver falls on the BAC spectrum, depending on body weight, gender, amount of alcohol consumed and how quickly the alcohol was consumed.

For instance, the state's BAC calculator indicates that a 180-pound male who has four 12-ounce beers or their equivalent in two hours will register a BAC of 0.0618 percent. However, if a 130-pound woman has that same amount of alcohol in the same period of time, she would have a BAC of 0.1167, well above the DUI threshold.

According to The Cherry Creek News, the next big weekend for DUI enforcement across the state is less than a month away, on the fourth of July. While it's a favorite American holiday, it's also a time when police agencies send out extra patrols and conduct sobriety checkpoints.

Those facing DUI charges should speak with a defense attorney to learn of their legal options before agreeing to a deal with a prosecutor. 

Source: thecherrycreeknews.com, "Crackdowns on impaired driving and seat belt compliance result in tickets across Colorado," June 3, 2014

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