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September 2014 Archives

Alcohol primer: from A to DUI

While no one knows when alcohol was invented or discovered, we do know it has been a part of the human experience for thousands of years. Though it is woven into our past and present, many of us aren't familiar with what exactly alcohol is, why it affects us and how much of it is safe to consume.

How do you get your Colorado driver’s license back?

The causes for suspension of a Colorado driver’s license can include everything from street racing to attempting to elude a police officer to leaving the scene of an accident. Of course, suspensions can also be handed down because a person is convicted of driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, as well as driving while ability is impaired by alcohol (DWAI), among other infractions.

NFL's Denver players have had legal problems, too

For the past couple of weeks, Denver sports reports have been filled with stories of NFL players accused of domestic violence, child abuse and more. While our Denver Broncos have not been front and center in the latest scandals, they have certainly snagged their share of past headlines.

Do I have the right to refuse a Colorado DUI sobriety test?

Most of our Denver readers are aware of constitutional rights to free speech, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly and so on. But even in a nation with such a long and proud tradition of upholding the rights of the individual, it is sometimes difficult to know if we have the right to refuse to take a sobriety test.

Underage drinking: “it hasn’t really changed over the years”

For some readers, it was just a few years ago that they either took part in high school drinking or heard of the parties while they were in school. For other readers, the memories have dimmed over the many years since last got together with young friends to have beer or other alcoholic beverages.

Should everyone have their own breathalyzer?

Technology changes so quickly today that it’s virtually impossible to keep up. All sorts of inanimate things are now “smart”: phones, watches, microwaves and burglar alarm systems, to name just a few. Less publicized is the proliferation of technology that rides along with police officers in many parts of the nation, including Denver and much of Colorado.

Urban legends about drinking and driving

Urban legends can be found on virtually every subject, from health matters (“sleeping with raw onions on your feet can cure illness!”) to stories of alligators in sewers and the guy who used a microwave oven to dry his hair. Amusing, perhaps, but not true.

How an ignition interlock can help restore your ability to drive

In our previous post, we discussed what an ignition interlock device is and why someone might have one in their vehicle. We're continuing that discussion with a look at how an ignition interlock can help a Colorado residents regain their ability to drive.  

Why does someone have an ignition interlock?

An ignition interlock can be like an electronic shadow, accompanying you on every trip you take in your car. For some people ordered to have an ignition interlock installed in their vehicle, the device is also a nuisance and a nag, demanding to be reassured that you are not impaired by alcohol before you can start your car and drive off.

One seat to be empty for Sunday’s Denver Broncos game

The Denver Broncos open their season this Sunday night at home against the Indianapolis Colts. The matchup pits two of last year’s playoff teams against each other, with another duel between Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck looming large. Though Mile High will be packed for the game, at least one seat will be empty: a seat normally filled by Colts’ owner Jim Irsay.

Are Colorado sobriety checkpoints effective?

The area near the intersection of Denver’s W. Alameda Ave. and S. Knox Court holds a few widely spaced businesses, including a gas station, a nondescript restaurant and a small, white church. Traffic flows heavily as motorists near South Federal Boulevard.