DUIs: What they really mean in Colorado (and why you should NEVER drink and drive)

77 drivers are pulled over every day in Colorado for driving under the influence. Over 10,000 lives were claimed by drunk-driving crashes in the United States in 2017.

While most people across the nation and in Colorado understand how senseless it is to drive under the influence, any life lost or affected by this behavior is a tragedy.

And the state of Colorado agrees. “In 2015, Colorado enacted a new law making an individual’s fourth DUI conviction automatically eligible for a class 4 felony charge,” says the Colorado Department of Transportation.

What Will YOU Lose?

Even if you manage to wriggle out of being convicted of a felony, getting a DUI can change your life.  

Deana was a typical Highlands Ranch mom until she was arrested for driving under the influence. “DUIs cost me everything I had in my life,” she said. She now has to blow into an interlock before driving to prove she is not under the influence of alcohol. “Your life will be changed forever because of it. Period.”

Jacob has felt the financial sting of getting a DUI. “Every aspect of my life has been affected by it; transportation, DUI classes, therapy. It’s been an expensive process. . . [and] a nightmare. If I could just urge you to not get behind the wheel drunk or high—coming from someone who has been through it—please don’t,” he said.

Chante was just going to drive three blocks down the road while under the influence. “I’ve lost my freedom, my home, I have no relationship with my children—they don’t even know who I am. I lost all the things I worked so hard to get in life. I’ve lost a lot,” she said.

How Alcohol Affects Driving

Just one drink can result in a BAC level of .02 which causes a decline in visual functions and the ability to multitask.

Two drinks can bring your BAC level to .05 which results in “reduced coordination, reduced ability to track moving objects, difficulty steering, reduced response to emergency driving situations.”

And after just three drinks, “muscle coordination becomes poor (e.g., balance, speech, vision, reaction time, and hearing), [it becomes] harder to detect danger; judgment, self-control, reasoning, and memory are impaired,” according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Be Responsible

If you choose to drink alcohol, there are so many ways to do it responsibly in this day in age. Uber, Lyft and the NHTSA’s rideshare app can be downloaded in minutes, which can save you years or even a lifetime of negative consequences.

Other ways to stay off the road include choosing a designated driver before the festivities begin. Good, old-fashioned taxis are also an easy solution.

There really is no reason to drive under the influence with so many resources available but most drunk drivers do it because they don’t think they will get caught. Remember Chantel in the example above, even the shortest distance can change your life.

Defense Against Drunk Drivers

Even with all the examples and education in the world, the unfortunate truth is that some people will still choose to drive under the influence. While we can’t control their actions, we can control ours.

To stay safe against drunk drivers, remember to always wear your seatbelt—it’s the best defense. And if you’re friends have been drinking, never let them get behind the wheel, no matter how good of a driver they think they are.

If you have been injured in an accident, contact DCC Law today. You don’t have to live with injuries or debilitating medical bills just because someone else decided to drive under the influence. We know what it takes to take care of people and we will always work hard to get you back on your feet.

March 08, 2019