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DUI rates spike in Colorado during Holiday season

The holidays are a busy time for everyone, including Colorado law enforcement. While many industries slow down during the holiday season, the winter months are often some of the busiest for state DUI patrols.

This year, Coloradoans can expect extra DUI patrols towards the end of the year. While we encourage everyone to have a good time celebrating the holidays, we also want to make sure that you have the tools to stay safe this holiday season.

Increased DUI patrols

In the past, Colorado state officials have increased the number of DUI patrols and sobriety checkpoints in the holiday season. This heightened DUI enforcement period is meant to discourage drinking and driving during a season that is filled with get-togethers and parties.

The holidays are a time to celebrate the past year, reconnect with loved ones and look forward to the coming year. However, with increased DUI patrols, you should be careful that this special time isn’t sullied by a DUI arrest.

Consequences of a DUI

A DUI charge in Colorado can have severe consequences. While specific consequences can vary depending on the severity of the incident and prior DUI charges, a conviction is almost always a severe inconvenience.

For example, first time offenders face up to one year in jail, a 9-month license suspension, fines and other consequences.

Avoiding a DUI

Unless you are sober, or plan not to drink during the holiday season, you may be at risk for a DUI. We recently wrote a little guide on how to avoid drunk driving during the holiday season.

However, A DUI arrest can still happen to anyone—even those with the best intentions. Even if you are not impaired to the point of swerving on the road, having a few drinks always puts you at risk for a DUI.

A police officer may pull you over for something as innocuous as a broken taillight. They may then ask you where you are coming from and take your response as a reason to assume that you’ve been drinking.

If you’re facing a DUI stop, remember to keep calm, say as little as possible and contact a DUI attorney as soon as you can.

From all of us at Shazam Kianpour and Associates, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season.

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