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Denver Criminal Lawyer Reveals Labor Day Weekend DUI Arrests


September 20, 2017

People often celebrate Labor Day by kicking back and enjoying a few alcoholic beverages with friends and family. Law enforcement officers know that people like to drink alcohol during Labor Day weekend, which is why they are out on the roads looking for drunk drivers every year when this holiday rolls around. This year was no exception. According to a recently released report, there are hundreds of people that may be in need of a Denver criminal lawyer after being arrested for DUI over the Labor Day weekend.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) launched its The Heat is On Labor Day DUI enforcement campaign on August 18th. The campaign concluded on September 5th, the day after Labor Day, and the results were recently released to the public. CDOT revealed that 1184 intoxicated drivers were cited by law enforcement officers between August 18th-September 5th. This is a 22.8% increase over last year’s 964 DUI arrests during the same time period.

Just a few months ago, CDOT announced that there was a 19.8% increase in DUI arrests over Fourth of July weekend compared to last year. Based on these two reports, it is clear that either more people are driving while under the influence or law enforcement is being more aggressive in its pursuit of DUI arrests. Read DUI arrests rise over Independence Day weekend.  

The nearly 1200 drivers were cited all over the state of the Colorado, but many of them were in the Denver area. In fact, the Denver Police Department was responsible for 88 of the arrests, which was the third highest total among all 121 law enforcement agencies that participated in the campaign. The highest number of arrests were made by the Colorado Springs Police Department followed by the Aurora Police Department, with 106 and 93 arrests, respectively.

Labor Day may be over now, but don’t make the mistake of assuming that it’s safe to drive while intoxicated now that the holiday weekend is behind us. CDOT—along with the Colorado State Patrol—have already launched another DUI enforcement campaign that began on September 15th known as the Fall Festivals DUI campaign. This campaign was established to target people who drive home drunk after attending a football game, tailgating party, or music festival, three types of events that are popular during this time of year. Nearly 1,500 drivers were arrested during this campaign last year, so the law enforcement agencies in the state expect to see high numbers again during this year’s campaign.

The law enforcement agencies in Colorado have made it very clear that they are always on the road looking for drunk drivers. If you are arrested and charged with DUI, it’s in your best interest to seek legal representation from the Law Office of John Buckley right away. Our criminal defense attorneys will work tirelessly to defend your rights and ensure you receive the best legal representation possible. Contact John L. Buckley as soon as possible to schedule a legal consultation regarding your DUI case.