Most people wouldn’t count Labor Day among the biggest drinking holidays of the year. Nonetheless, whenever there’s a chance to take an extra day off from work, people are naturally going to gather for parties of all sizes and activities of all kinds – many of which involve copious amounts of alcohol. Labor Day is also, of course, the last holiday before the weather begins to cool off. Here in Colorado, that can mean the last chance to swim or just lay out and enjoy the sun for many months.
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) have announced their largest DUI enforcement efforts of the summer (known as the Labor Day Crackdown) just as summer’s ending. Specifically, it began on Aug. 16 and continues until Sept. 6 – two days after Labor Day. Local law enforcement agencies across Colorado are also part of this effort
That certainly doesn’t mean law enforcement agencies haven’t been vigilant throughout the year. They have made over 3,000 DUI arrests so far in a year that’s already seen over 100 DUI-related fatalities throughout the state.
You don’t have to be driving a car to get a DUI
Those who plan to avoid a DUI by using an e-scooter or bike to get where they’re going need to think twice. Under Colorado law, e-scooters and bicycles (electric and traditional) are all considered vehicles. Operating one while under the influence is a criminal offense. It’s also highly dangerous to be on any of these if you’re not fully sober and paying attention since you’re much more exposed than in a closed vehicle.
If you find yourself facing a drunk driving charge, it’s crucial to take it seriously. It can have an effect on your finances, your freedom to drive and your future. Having legal guidance can help you protect your rights and work to lessen the consequences.