Alcohol and Impaired Driving
Each year in Colorado, more than 26,000 people are arrested for DUI and over 150 people are killed in alcohol-related traffic crashes – representing more than one-third of Colorado’s total motor vehicle fatalities. Drug-impaired driving is also a serious problem, with 16% of fatalities (2006-2010) involving drivers who tested positive for drugs.
CDOT’s Office of Transportation Safety and Public Relations Office oversee programs and public awareness campaigns in an effort to fight impaired driving. CDOT has launched a new anti-drugged driving campaign to educate motorists about the dangers of driving under the influence of medications, medical marijuana, and illegal drugs. Click here for more details.
The Heat Is On is Colorado’s high-visibility enforcement campaign that combines increased DUI enforcement with a strong public awareness campaign during 12 enforcement periods throughout the year. CDOT provides grants to law enforcement agencies statewide to conduct overtime DUI enforcement using state and federal funding. CDOT’s Public Relations Office uses federal funds for media relations, advertising and community outreach.
CDOT’s Office of Transportation Safety also provides federal grants for other impaired driving programs, including DUI courts, a traffic safety resource prosecutor and law enforcement coordinator, as well as training for law enforcement in the areas of drug evaluation and standard field sobriety testing.
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Glenn Davis, Highway Safety Manager
Leslie Chase – High-Visibility Enforcement
Robin Rocke - SFST, ARIDE and DRE Training
Emily Wilfong – Media and Public Relations