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Anti-DWI effort, 'Heat is On,' is on again in Colorado

You know it is a holiday again when there's a noticably intense presence of law enforcement on Colorado roads. July 4th is just days away, but the campaign to nab drunk drivers this holiday will be on in full force beginning tomorrow. Starting tomorrow evening and continuing through Monday morning, the Heat is On campaign puts drivers at risk of being targeted for drunk driving. 

Just as holidays involve traditions among families and friends, a tradition within law enforcement shapes the landscape of the roads. Compared to an average, non-holiday weekend, more patrols will be set up on the roads. Sobriety checkpoints will be utilized across the state. 

The increased enforcement tends to make for an increase in the number of people who will be charged with DWI in the state over the next few days. That means it is crucial for all motorists to think ahead and be wise regarding a potential traffic stop.

Obviously, it is best not to drink and drive and to designate a sober driver. If someone is pulled over and investigated for drunk driving, however, he should have a basic understanding of his rights. For example, a driver can refuse to take a breath test, but doing so will result in the temporary loss of driving privileges. Even if a driver submits to a Breathalyzer and his BAC is incriminating, it is still possible to challenge the test results in court. Blood tests can be more helpful in a DWI defense case because then lawyers have the samples to evaluate.

A crucial word of wisdom regarding a DUI arrest is for a suspect to rely on the representation of a trusted defense lawyer. Not only would a drunk driving charge make for a sour holiday, it could make for hardship to come. A DWI defense attorney could help mitigate that potential hardship.

Source: Fox 21 News, "July 4th DUI enforcement starts in Colorado," July 2, 2013    

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