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January 2015 Archives

Fatal Colorado crash cited by advocates of felony DUI proposal

Politics never sleeps. In the wake of a recent fatal crash in which two young boys and their father were killed, politicians in favor of a felony DUI proposal took to Denver airwaves to restate their case.

Aurora Sentinel: felony DUIs won’t reduce drunk driving

Our regular readers know that in recent weeks we have been covering the reintroduction of a bill in the Colorado legislature that would empower prosecutors to charge repeat DUI offenders with felonies. The Aurora Sentinel recently published an editorial opposing the idea.

DWAI: is it better than DUI?

Acronyms litter our everyday speech, spilling over from the internet, government, business and pop culture. We use them often right here in our blog about drunk driving offenses in Denver: DUI (driving under the influence), BAC (blood alcohol content), DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) and a number of others.

What is an ignition interlock device 'lockout'?

Regular readers of our blog undoubtedly know that in Colorado, ignition interlock devices are part of the state's DUI prevention and punishment efforts. An ignition interlock is a type of breathalyzer device installed at your expense in your vehicle.

Ignition interlock: under which conditions?

In its own way, the ignition interlock device operates contrary to one of the guiding principles of the American justice system. By making DUI offenders prove that they have not had any alcohol to drink before operating their vehicles, the sophisticated electronic devices diverge from the presumption of innocence that is a legal cornerstone.

Which Colorado city had the most New Year’s Eve DUIs?

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Denver has a population of nearly 650,000 people. Aurora has about 300,000 fewer residents, for a population approaching 350,000. So which Colorado city had the most DUI arrests this past New Year’s Eve?

Colorado lawmakers to try again to add felony DUI

It’s becoming something of an annual ritual in Colorado, like throwing out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day or lighting the state Christmas tree. The new tradition is the introducing of a bill in the Colorado legislature to make it a felony to receive repeat DUIs.

What is a DRE?

What is a DRE? While some might think of hip hop icon Dr. Dre, the correct answer in the context of our blog is Drug Recognition Expert. DREs are Colorado law enforcement officers trained to recognize signs of impairment in drivers under the influence of marijuana and other drugs.