Colorado Springs police kick off DUI checkpoint Friday

On behalf of Anaya-McKedy, P.C. posted in Drunk Driving on Thursday, May 26, 2011.

Although many people argue that DUI checkpoints are an impermissible search and seizure under the United States Constitution and several states have outlawed them, checkpoints are considered legal in the state of Colorado.

In fact, Colorado Springs law enforcement agencies announced that they will begin their “100 Days of Heat” operation tomorrow against drunk driving.

This means that police officers, Colorado State Patrol troopers and representatives of Mothers Against Drunk Driving will run a sobriety checkpoint in Colorado Springs beginning tomorrow night to kick off Memorial Day weekend and lasting all summer long.

All drivers passing through the checkpoint will be briefly stopped, giving law enforcement the opportunity to cite people for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Drunk driving offenses are treated very seriously in Colorado, and can lead to jail time and the loss of driving privileges. In Colorado, there are several types of criminal charges related to drunk driving.

The most common charge is DUI, which means that the person was Driving Under the Influence with a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater.

But there is also DWAI, or Driving While Ability Impaired, which means that the person was driving with a blood alcohol content of at least .05 and there was other evidence of impairment

Finally, there is Underage Drinking and Driving, which means that a person under 21 was caught driving with any amount of alcohol in his or her system.

With any one of these charges, it is important to contact an experienced DUI defense right away to begin working on your case in effort limit the overall impact of this stressful ordeal.

Source: The Gazette, “Checkpoint Friday kicks off ‘100 Days of Heat’ DUI crackdown,” 5/25/2011.