Last week, we shared with you some of the early results of the Colorado State Patrol's (CSP) New Year's week anti-DUI campaign. The crackdown, combining the efforts of over 70 law enforcement agencies throughout the state, ran from Wednesday, December 31, to Monday, January 5. It is designed to identify and pull over the increased number number of drunk drivers that end-of-year celebrations inevitably place on the road. As we noted last Monday, the initial numbers pointed to dozens of motorists accused of DUI in Colorado in the Denver area alone. Now, the final statewide numbers have been tallied up, with over 300 having reportedly been arrested for driving under the influence.
According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, 329 drivers across the state were arrested during the New Year's week for drunk driving, the bulk of which occurred in Aurora and Denver (50 and 49 arrests, respectively). Another 32 allegedly intoxicated motorists were arrested in Colorado Springs. January 1 saw the highest amount of activity, with 78 drivers arrested on that one day alone.
Despite the high number of arrests, this year's results marked a significant downturn from last New Year's, which saw 442 drivers stopped for driving under the influence. Additionally, the year-long anti-DUI campaign reportedly netted a whopping 7,825 drunk driver arrests throughout all of 2014.
Being accused of DUI in Colorado is a very serious offense that could have you looking at significant financial fines, a revoked license and even time in jail. If you find yourself facing such accusations, make sure you have expert legal counsel at your side. The Orr Law Firm's Colorado DUI lawyers can help defend your case from the prosecution and ensure you receive your fair day in court.