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DUI Statistics in Colorado

Last Modified: November 7, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Colorado Drunk Driving Statistics

The number of DUI (driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs) arrests in Colorado that have occurred over the past decade for which data are available show some variation, from a high of more than 30,000 in 2006 to a low under 20,000 in 2003. Colorado lowered the legal blood alcohol limit from .10 to .08 in 2004 in an effort to tighten the state’s DUI laws.

Law enforcement agencies and citizen’s groups, alike, are mounting increasing numbers of aggressive campaigns to crack down on drivers who drink. Those efforts sometimes mean that traffic stops or arrests for DUI may occur under questionable circumstances. At Elkus, Sisson & Rosenstein, P.C., our Denver DUI lawyers are just as aggressive and motivated when it comes to defending your legal rights. We know how to challenge the elements that figure into DUI arrests.

About 20 percent of Americans say that, within the past year, they drove within two hours of consuming alcohol, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. NHTSA data show that the number of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in Colorado hover around 30 percent of all crash fatalities. In the most recent year for which figures are available, traffic fatalities involving drivers with blood alcohol levels in excess of .08 numbered 173.

Although the number of people who die in traffic crashes in Colorado each year is on the decline, alcohol plays a deadly role in many accidents that result in fatalities. Latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration put the annual number of deaths on Colorado roads at 548 people. More than one-third – 37 percent – of drivers involved in fatal crashes had been drinking, and most of those had blood alcohol levels in excess of .08, the state’s legal limit.

Estimates place the average expense for a drunk driving conviction at anywhere between $7,000 and $10,000. Costs associated with DUIs can include such factors as fines, court costs, insurance rate increases, car towing and storage, bail, fees for license reinstatement and more.

Motorists charged with drunk driving can find themselves facing a confusing array of circumstances, along with emotional and financial issues. The Denver DUI lawyers at Elkus, Sisson & Rosenstein, P.C., know how to handle the complexities involved in a DUI case. Our expertise can make a real difference in challenging the legality of a traffic stop, sobriety testing and the other elements that figure into a drunk driving charge. When you need DUI attorneys with a proven track record of success, call on Elkus, Sisson & Rosenstein. As a part of our commitment to superior customer service, we’re accessible online 24/7. Or call our offices at 303-567-7981 and ask about a free consultation. We promise you knowledgeable, experienced attorneys and personalized attention.

Colorado DUI Statistics | DUI Arrests in Colorado

  • 1998: 27,093 arrests
  • 1999: 20,564 arrests
  • 2000: 23,725 arrests
  • 2001: 23,579 arrests
  • 2002: 23,039 arrests
  • 2003: 19,715 arrests
  • 2004: 21,253 arrests
  • 2005: 24,444 arrests
  • 2006: 30,862 arrests
  • 2007: 27,969 arrests
  • 2008: 28,198 arrests

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