While holidays rarely go exactly as planned, many Coloradans had their Thanksgivings turned completely upside-down when they found themselves in the back of a police car instead of eating pumpkin pie.
In fact, according to numbers recently released by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), police made 616 DUI arrests during this year’s Thanksgiving DUI blitz — an increase of 18 percent over last year’s total of 522 arrests.
This recent Thanksgiving DUI crackdown is part of Colorado’s “The Heat is On” campaign, which actually consists of 14 DUI enforcement periods that take place throughout the year during holidays and other large events.
Some of the other DUI enforcement periods this year took place over Super Bowl weekend, St. Patrick’s Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day, just to name a few. The increased enforcement is a group effort between the Colorado State Patrol (CSP), the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and local law enforcement agencies.
Another DUI enforcement period is already upon us
Just because the year is almost over doesn’t mean there are no more DUI crackdowns planned for Colorado. In fact, even though the Thanksgiving DUI blitz just ended, we are already in the middle of the “Holiday Party” DUI enforcement period, which started last Friday and runs until December 11.
If you find yourself in the back of a police car this holiday season, it is important to remember that you do have rights — and you should contact an experienced DUI defense attorney as soon as possible.