Tragedy struck even as the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) prepared to launch its yearly driving under the influence (DUI) enforcement campaign “100 Days of Heat,” which spans from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. A young woman was killed mid-May when a drunk driver drove the wrong way on Interstate 25 (I-25) and crashed into her car. Drunk driving accidents in Colorado are on the rise this year, so law enforcement asks all motorists to be more aware of drunk drivers and to report any suspicious driving activity.

Preventable Tragedy

On May 14th of this year, Lily Duncan, a 31-year-old mother, was killed by a drunk driver. The 26-year-old drunk driver was driving southbound in the northbound lanes on I-25 near Denver when her vehicle struck Duncan’s car head-on. The drunk driver sustained minor injuries in the accident, but was later released from the hospital and arrested for vehicular homicide, reckless driving and driving under the influence. Duncan’s 12-year-old daughter says she forgives the drunk driver.

Surprising Numbers

According to the Colorado State Patrol (CSP), crashes that involve either alcohol or drugs have increased 10 percent over the last year. CDOT data shows that there were 150 DUI-related accident deaths last year, with more than 40 percent of these occurring between Memorial Day and Labor Day. On average, Colorado law enforcement officials arrest over 30,000 drivers for DUI violations annually.

The Heat Is On

Two CDOT divisions, the Office of Transportation Safety and the Public Relations Office, run various public awareness programs called “The Heat Is On” to combat drunk driving. One campaign under this program is “100 Days of Heat”, which aims to catch possible drunk drivers during the busy summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Last year, over 3,134 drivers were arrested for DUI infractions during this period.

Community Involvement

In addition to the DUI campaigns and enforcement efforts already in place, Colorado law enforcement agencies are asking the public to help catch drunk driving offenders. While on the road, drivers should record the vehicle information and license plate number of any cars whose drivers are acting suspiciously. Motorists should avoid getting too close to these vehicles and instead call the CSP or 911 to report the suspicious driving activity. Any help could prevent DUI-related accidents, injuries and deaths from occurring.

If you were recently involved in an accident where the driver was arrested for a DUI-related violation, contact a Colorado personal injury attorney experienced in drunk driving crashes for assistance with your case.

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