Being accused of drunk driving can be a very overwhelming experience. However, these allegations do not always stem from an officer pulling over a motorist he or she suspects is under the influence of alcohol. Sometimes motorists in Colorado and elsewhere are faced with these charges following a serious or fatal automobile collision. This circumstance can make the matter graver, as the penalties associated with these charges can be significantly more severe.
Getting in a motor vehicle crash is a major event for individuals in Colorado and elsewhere. While most are concerned about the injuries and damages that befall on them following a collision, others may be focused on the potential charges he or she may face because of it. For the most part, car accident occur when a motorist violates a traffic law. And if a driver is accused of driving under the influence of alcohol following a car crash, it is important to consider what options they have to assert a defense against such charges.
Field sobriety tests are roadside assessments that Colorado law enforcement officers can use to look for evidence of intoxication in drivers. The tests usually involve three different evaluations that push the limits of drivers' balance, coordination, and focus. If a driver cannot complete the assessments then they may be arrested for drunk driving.
The keto diet is all the rage lately among many in Colorado wishing to lose weight and improve their health. In general, those following the keto diet will eat low-carb, high-fat foods to put their body into ketosis, which according to some, makes their body burn fat for energy, resulting in weight loss and better health. One interesting aspect of being in ketosis is that your liver creates acetone as part of the process, which is released in your breath as isopropyl alcohol. And, this has very interesting implications, particularly when it comes to DUIs.
An ignition interlock device is an instrument installed in a vehicle that measures the amount of alcohol in a person's system through a breath test, not unlike the roadside breath tests a police officer might ask you to submit to. If the ignition interlock device indicates that a motorist has even a nominal amount of alcohol in their system, the vehicle will not start. The instrument also requires motorists to periodically submit a breath sample while driving.
In Colorado, if a motorist's blood-alcohol concentration is above 0.08 percent, they are deemed too drunk to drive safely and could receive a DUI. The legal limit is in place to keep people safe on the road. However, some are now saying that even a BAC of 0.05 percent puts others' safety at risk.
Green beer may be a hallmark of St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Colorado, but too much alcohol can lead to a drunk driving arrest if a person isn't careful. Police across the state generally have a stronger presence on holidays where alcohol consumption is common, and St. Patrick's Day is no exception. In fact, police across the state made hundreds of DUI arrests over the St. Patrick's Day holiday.
Marijuana is starting to lose its stigma as a dangerous drug, especially in states like Colorado that have legalized possession and use of small amounts of the drug. However, it is still possible to become high from marijuana, which could make it unsafe for a user to drive. For this reason, officers in the state may still place a motorist under arrest for driving under the influence of marijuana.
The recreational use of marijuana has been legal in Colorado for several years now, and many people may believe that smoking the occasional joint isn't a cause for concern. However, marijuana can have an intoxicating effect on a person, impairing their ability to think and react quickly. This could affect their ability to drive and could even lead to criminal charges.
Over the past holiday season, motorists in Colorado may have noticed an increased police presence on the roads. Every year, the Colorado Department of Transportation undertakes what it calls "The Heat Is On" initiative. Throughout the year, 14 separate high-visibility drunk driving enforcement periods are established, for example, there is one on New Year's Eve. The purpose of the initiative is to stop motorists from driving under the influence.