Aug 20, 2010 6:02 PM by Greg Boyce

Springs Police go after impaired drivers

The Colorado Springs Police Department will join with other law enforcement agencies throughout the country to crackdown on those who drive while impaired.  The initial push will happen from August 20 through September 6.

Offenders are most often in the 21 to 24 age group.  "All too often, innocent, law-abiding people suffer tragic consequences and the loss of loved ones due to this careless disregard for human life. Because we're committed to ending the carnage, we're intensifying enforcement during the crackdown. We'll be especially vigilant during high-risk nighttime hours when impaired drivers are most likely to be on our roads," said Lt. Catherine Buckley.

In every State it's illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher. Approximately 10,000 police agencies, more than 80 in Colorado, will participate in this year's mid-August through Labor Day crackdown, including law enforcement officers representing every state, the District of Columbia and many U.S. cities and towns.

According to the latest data, 32 percent of fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involved a driver or motorcycle rider at or above .08.

Colorado Springs Police Department said its officers will be aggressively looking for all impaired drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone they find driving while impaired - regardless of age, vehicle type, or time of day. In addition to two sobriety checkpoints, Colorado Springs Police Department will staff an additional 258 hours of officers dedicated to DUI enforcement during this crackdown.

"Our message is simple and unwavering. If we find you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions," said Lt. Buckley. "Even if you beat the odds and walk away from an impaired-driving crash alive, motorists should be aware that the consequences of driving while impaired can still virtually destroy your life."

According to Colorado Springs Police Department, violators often face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Their insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation.





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