Jul 1, 2010 6:55 PM by Greg Boyce

Tougher DUI law now in effect

A new law is now in effect in Colorado which increases penalties for repeat DUI offenders. It requires a minimum of 10 days in jail for a second DUI offense and 60 days in jail for a third and subsequent DUI offenses. Repeat DUI offenders also face a longer probation period of two years.

Law enforcement agencies will increase patrols looking for those driving drunk and under the influence of alcohol and drugs this weekend.  We are now 28 days into the "100 Days of Heat" campaign, which includes checkpoints, saturation patrols and increased patrols on roadways.

The risk of alcohol-related crashes is not just limited to the roadways. Colorado's waterways are also a dangerous place when combined with drinking alcohol. Rangers with Colorado State Parks will be on the lookout for impaired boaters. "If you operate a watercraft while over the legal limit, you will be arrested and charged with BUI," said Kris Wahlers, special investigator with Colorado State Parks. "Use the same precautions on water as you would on land -- designate a sober driver."

During the holiday weekend, signs will go up in several State Parks as a reminder of the DUI crackdown. Mobile billboards will also travel around Denver and Colorado Springs with a counter showing 3,811 DUI arrests have been made during enforcement periods since the beginning of the year. Two 50-foot banners are up on the portal entrances to the Eisenhower and Johnson tunnels. Messages will also appear in Coors Field during the popular fireworks games over the Independence Day weekend. On the roadways, warning messages will be displayed on the state's electronic variable message signs throughout the weekend. Radio public service announcements will air and advertising will appear at gas stations, on buses and an RTD light rail train. The effort is paid for with federal grants from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.




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