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The lowdown on Colorado's annual Halloween DUI crackdown

Halloween used to be a fun little holiday geared toward kids dressed up as cute ghosts, pirates and "scary" monsters. The holiday has evolved over time into more of an adult event, however, with risqué costumes and parties featuring alcoholic beverages.

It's all in good fun, but sometimes people who aren't used to consuming alcohol don't realize how quickly they can become impaired at a holiday party. That's when a good time can turn into a DUI and some very difficult legal problems.

The Colorado State Patrol recently announced that they arrested more than 400 people during the Halloween Heat Is On crackdown on drunken driving.

Colorado Springs had the second highest DUI arrest total with 39. Denver led the way with 58.

Ninety-five law enforcement agencies joined the state patrol in the effort that netted 447 DUI arrests statewide.

Law enforcement officials said October can be one of the more deadly months of the year. Last year, 17 people died in alcohol-related car accidents in October. A year earlier, 26 people were killed in accidents involving alcohol.

This year, 10 people died in alcohol-related October crashes, though none were over the Halloween weekend.

A Colorado DUI conviction can mean serious legal problems, even for first-time offenders. In some cases, first-time offenders can face the very real possibility of jail time and large fines.

Those aren't the only problems a person convicted of driving under the influence will have to deal with; most face sharply increased auto insurance rates as a result of a DUI conviction.

For those facing these possible consequences of an arrest, contact an attorney experienced in DUI cases who can help protect your rights and driving privileges.

Source: Colorado Springs Gazette: "Springs high in DUI arrests during Halloween crackdown," Ryan Maye Handy, Nov. 10, 2011

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