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The simple act of drinking and driving is considered by many to be one of the most dangerous combinations an average individual can make. Alcohol impairs a person’s judgment, slows their reaction time, and generally detriments any person’s ability to drive. Drinking and driving is responsible for many accidents in Colorado each year and drunk driving is listed as one of the leading causes of automobile fatalities for the state. Driving after drinking is not only a bad decision, it can also be a deadly one.
Drunk Driving in Colorado
Fortunately for drivers, police throughout Colorado consider keeping drunk drivers off the roads a major priority. Police are supported in their efforts by laws that attach mandatory jail time to drunk driving convictions and suspend the licenses of all individuals convicted of a DUI. Most people are familiar with the fact that police double their patrol efforts around drinking holidays to get drunk drivers off the road. What people are not necessarily familiar with is the fact that police are on the constant look out for drunk drivers and even pay special attention to the roadways that surround bars and known party spots. Drinking and driving is illegal and all police agencies across the state make prevention of drunk driving accidents a priority.
Unfortunately, despite the efforts of the police throughout the state, some drunk drivers manage to drive on roads without detection. Even if a drunk driver can avoid being recognized as driving while intoxicated by police and bystanders, it does not mean they are safe to drive. Drivers with a .08 BAC are 9 times more likely to be involved in a crash than a sober driver. Studies find that individual with a .15 BAC or above are often several hundred times more likely to be involved in an accident. Driving following drinking not only yields a significant detriment to an individual’s driving ability, it is also a criminal action which exposes all other drivers to a significant risk of injury or death.
Contact a Denver or Aurora Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been injured in a drunk driving accident or if you have a loved one who has been injured or killed by a drunk driver, help is available. Fuller Law has helped hundreds of clients get the compensation they deserved following car accidents and can help you get the compensation you deserve. To learn more about your legal options and to receive your free initial consultation, contact Fuller Law today.