According to the news release sent out by the Denver Police Department, seven Metro law enforcement agencies in the area will introduce on Tuesday a new Metro DUI Task Force.
With a multi-agency agreement established, police officers, deputy sheriffs and Colorado State Troopers will start patrolling communities looking and stopping motorists who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The seven law enforcement agency that will be involved in the new Metro DUI Task Force are, Arapahoe County, Colorado State Patrol, Denver Police Department, Douglas County, Jefferson County, Northglenn and Wheat Ridge.
All officers will be highly visible while looking for the intoxicated motorists as well as promoting public safety. Police departments want people to realize that even if there are no injuries while driving intoxicated, the fines still can be severe. With an arrest, fines of up to $10,000 can rack up after lawyer fees, insurance and other charges. Losing driving privileges can be just as costly too.
According to DUI.com, if you are pulled over in Colorado for DUI or DWAI (Driving While Impaired)and are convicted, first offenders are fined $300.00 to $1,500.00. That however is just the beginning of the costs of driving under the influence. With the fine you can serve anywhere from five days to one year in jail. The most common sentence is 10 days. Your license will be suspended for at least one year. 48 to 96 hours of community service is usually required. If you blood alcohol level is a certain level, it is possible that you have to enlist in an alcohol education class as well as therapy, which can cost around $525.00. If the person being convicted has insurance, the cost rises nearly 30%, and that’s if the insurance company keeps you as a customer since you are considered a high risk to them now.
The Colorado State Patrol states that in 2000 officers wrote over 9,000 citations for drunk driving alone. In 1999, there had been 2,425 incidents where vehicles had caused accidents due to DUI. In 2000 that number went up to 2,436 accidents. 59% of those DUI crashes resulted in fatalities or sever injuries.
The press conference that is going to be held to announce the new Metro DUI Task Force will be held on July 24th, at 1:00 p.m. at the State Capitol on the West Steps. Speakers will include representatives from Arapahoe County Sheriffs Department, Colorado State Patrol, Denver Police Department and the Mother Against Drunk Driving. Please feel free to attend if you would like more detailed information.
SOURCE : DenverGov.com – Metro DUI Task Force – News Release
SOURCE : Denver Police Dui Statistics
SOURCE : DUI.com – Colorado DUI