Now that it's November, people in Colorado are looking forward to Thanksgiving and all the winter festivities that follow it. It is a popular time of year for parties, and oftentimes alcohol is served at these occasions. However, whether you are watching football with a beer on Thanksgiving Day, or sipping champagne to ring in the New Year, it is important to keep in mind that the police will be on high alert this time of year for those who they believe are drunk driving.
Marijuana may be legal for recreational purposes in Colorado, but just like alcohol, it could affect a person's ability to operate a motor vehicle safely. Therefore, police in Colorado will be on the lookout for drugged drivers, just as they are for drunk drivers. This means they could arrest a person for driving under the influence not only of alcohol, but also of drugs.
Most people in Colorado are aware that if a person has a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) over 0.08 percent, he or she could be charged with driving under the influence (DUI). However, this is not the only drunk driving charge recognized under Colorado law. Motorists could also be charged with driving while ability impaired (DWAI). It is important to understand the differences between these charges and when they will be applicable.
Seeing red and blue lights flashing in your rear-view mirror is a sight no motorist wants to see. Especially on weekends and holidays, such as this past Labor Day weekend, police will be on the lookout for those they believe are driving under the influence, and motorists may be pulled over or even be stopped at a DUI checkpoint during these times. If a motorist is stopped by police, they may wonder what their rights are, particularly when it comes to drunk driving.