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February 2015 Archives

The complications of a Colorado DUI

The first wave of effects a Colorado DUI conviction has on a person are pretty apparent to most people. Jail time, driver's license suspension, fines, required public service, mandated installation of an ignition interlock device on your car, and so on.

Cold, hard facts?

As many people have noted, sometimes it's not the original infraction that results in an arrest, but an attempt at covering it up. That might be the case with two men far from us in Denver.

Study: marijuana much less likely to cause crashes than alcohol

Many Colorado advocates of marijuana legalization have for years argued that consuming the leafy green substance is less dangerous than consuming alcohol. They are likely to embrace some aspects of a new study that shows marijuana consumption has a relatively minor adverse effect on drivers, especially when compared to the effects of alcohol on drivers.

What is 'SR-22 insurance'?

Our world is increasingly filled with acronymns, abbreviations, jargon and buzzwords. Somewhere in those blizzards of letters and numbers, you can find SR-22. Some people think it's a form of insurance required of drivers who commit a DUI, while others might recognize the letter-number combination but are not sure from where it came.

Valentine's Day: love it or hate it, it's here

It's one of those love-it-or-hate-it events on the calendar: Valentine's Day. For those people in happy, committed relationships, it's a wonderful day on which to relive memories of the first date or first kiss, and perhaps make new memories. For those who are newly divorced or who have recently been left behind by a boyfriend or girlfriend, the day can seem like a 24-hour-long announcement: "You're single!"

Enhanced DUI enforcement days ahead

It is pretty close to impossible to accurately predict the future, but we can say with a fair amount of certainty that in coming days the Denver Police Department and other Colorado law enforcement agencies will conduct drunk driving crackdowns. Looking at the calendar year stretching out before us, we see upcoming holidays, three-day weekends, traditional drinking days and so on scattered here and there.

Which affects drivers more: alcohol or marijuana?

We wrote recently about the Colorado State Patrol's arrest figures released to the media. Officials said that about 1 out of 8 DUI arrests made by troopers last year involved marijuana use. About half of the drivers were believed to have used only marijuana, while others were suspected of using marijuana in combination with alcohol or other intoxicants.

Super Bowl weekend not super for 36 Denver drivers

This past weekend's Super Bowl will undoubtedly go down as one of the best in the history of the NFL. Of course, the Patriots-Seahawks game would have been infinitely better if the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning had been the victors instead of Tom Brady and the Pats.

About 1 out of every 8 Colorado DUIs involved marijuana last year

One of the tasks of the Colorado State Patrol is to track trends among impaired drivers in the state. Last year’s legalization of marijuana sales in the state provided the Patrol with an opportunity to gather data that will be useful in measuring reasons officers list in post-legalization impaired driving arrests.