According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, DUI deaths increase in October. In 2012, Colorado saw more alcohol related driving deaths in October than any other month. Six of the DUI related deaths were around Halloween. A statewide crackdown on DUI enforcement began Wednesday and will continue through this weekend.
Every year more than 150 people are killed in alcohol related driving accidents. This number accounts for more than one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities in the state. A fatal accident can turn a DUI, traffic misdemeanor, into a high level felony with possible prison time. Generally, if a person is driving under the influence and injures or kills another person, then that person will be charged with vehicular assault or vehicular homicide, respectively.
The increased Halloween DUI patrols have been implemented to discourage drunk driving and to get drunk drivers off the road. Increased DUI patrols mean increased DUI arrests. Please be safe this Halloween.
Source: 9 News, Arielle Buchmann, October 30, 2013