Colorado’s “100 Days of Heat” ended on Labor Day. Since drunk driving is a serious problem in our state and throughout the country, officials hoped to crack down on drunk drivers throughout the summer. Nationwide, 10,228 people died in alcohol-related car accidents in 2010, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Here are some statistics from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) that show how widespread drunk driving is in our state.
- Alcohol plays a role in more than a third of Colorado’s car accident deaths. 98 people died in alcohol-related car crashes in 2010, and 76 percent of those had a blood alcohol concentration of .15, nearly twice the legal limit.
- In 2011, 36 percent of the year’s alcohol-related traffic deaths took place between Memorial Day and Labor Day. There were 24 deaths in July alone.
- There were 19 drunk driving-related deaths in Denver County in 2011, the highest in the state.
- Three out of every four people killed in drunk driving accidents were not wearing seatbelts.
- Drivers convicted of a DUI must pay at least $10,270 for a first offense.
- Colorado police arrested 2,643 drivers for drinking and driving during last year’s “100 Days of Heat” campaign
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