Don’t lose your freedom while celebrating America’s freedom.
Beginning today and lasting through Monday, law enforcement officers statewide will be cracking down on impaired driving as part of a Fourth of July DUI enforcement period.
The Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol, and local law enforcement agencies across Colorado all will be participating to prevent impaired drivers from endangering themselves and others on the road.
CDOT said it also is introducing a new campaign called Take Some Time to encourage the use of smartphone breathalyzers as a way to prevent impaired driving.
Thus far in 2020 there have been 215 fatalities on Colorado roadways, and 66 of those have involved an impaired driver, according to CDOT.
During last year’s Fourth of July DUI enforcement period, 311 DUI arrests were made.
"The Fourth of July is a moment when, together, we celebrate our country. While everyone is eager to get out and celebrate over the holiday weekend -- especially this year -- we have a duty to keep ourselves and each other safe at the same time," CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew said. "We tend to see more impaired driving around summer holidays like the one coming up, and this year it is imperative that we all do our part to end that dangerous trend. The simple things we do to stay safe - wearing masks, social distancing, or getting a sober ride - are the fine margin between a fun holiday and a preventable disaster."
Beginning this weekend, Coloradans will start seeing CDOT’s latest DUI prevention campaign across the state on billboards, buildings, in liquor stores, and on social media reminding individuals to wait the appropriate amount of time between consuming alcohol and driving.
CDOT’s new Take Some Time campaign aims to educate and raise awareness of the time it takes for a person’s blood alcohol content to return to zero after consuming alcohol.
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