Despite major advertising, there were more than 1,600 DUI suspects arrested statewide in Colorado since Thanksgiving. Just over the New Year’s weekend in Colorado arrests of drunken drivers topped 400. In addition, at least nine people were killed on state roads in alcohol related crashes between November 23 and January 4. This is slightly down from the same period when 12 people died in DUI crashes.
Cutting down on the number of intoxicated drivers and fatal crashes caused by alcohol remains top priority for all law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. In Minnesota, the preliminary DWI arrest count is 28,540 but will grow as alcohol-concentration data is finalized. Crash data regarding alcohol-related deaths will be reported later this year. Each year, impaired driving accounts for up to 200 deaths and 400 serious injuries. Last year there were 163 alcohol-related deaths, the lowest death count on record yet still representing one-third of all annual fatalities.
Some of the factors in declining deaths in Minnesota is the slow economy that likely causes motorists to drive at slower, safer speeds to conserve fuel, and there are fewer motorists on the road.
The next “Heat Is On” program is planned for the Super Bowl weekend, Feb. 5-8.
Did you know that iPhone has an application that allows people to estimate intoxication levels? This app has been downloaded 103,400 times since being introduced in December. The “R-U-Buzzed BAC Calculator,” launched by Colorado Department of Transportation site, remains in the “Top 25 Free Healthcare & Fitness” apps since its debut. The free app allows users to calculate blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels based on information like amount of drinks consumed, length of time drinking and body weight.