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Colorado DUI Arrests Increase Over St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

Despite attempts by Colorado law enforcement officials to dissuade drunk drivers from taking to the road over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend and the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Heat Is On campaign to encourage sober drivers to get behind the wheel instead, the number of DUI arrests in the Rocky Mountain State rose in 2013.

According to reports, a total of 481 drivers were arrested for suspected Colorado DUIs during the three-day enforcement period from March 15 to March 18. This year’s figure was up from the 424 DUI arrests seen in 2012.

This was in spite of CDOT’s partnership with Colorado State Patrol, an effort that brought together more than 100 local law enforcement agencies to encourage safe driving practices for the holiday. St. Patrick’s Day is one of 12 enforcement periods around major holidays and events for which the groups come together annually.

However, in a positive development, there were no fatalities from traffic crashes observed during this time. By comparison, four Colorado drivers died as a result of alcohol-related driving last year.

“Law enforcement was out on the roads doing our best to keep people safe,” Colonel Scott Hernandez, chief of the Colorado State Patrol, said following the release of the figures. “Those who foolishly decided to put themselves and others at risk by drinking and driving are now facing serious and expensive consequences.”

But, just because you have been arrested for a DUI, this doesn’t mean the case is closed. If you were accused of operating a vehicle while under the influence this St. Patrick’s Day, seek the best possible legal defense to argue your case. At The Orr Law Firm, our drinking and driving lawyers can assist by using the same practices that have made us Colorado’s leading DUI defense firm.

About Rhidian Orr

Rhidian Orr
The Orr Law Firm, L.L.C. is Colorado’s premier DUI defense law firm. The Orr Law Firm focuses exclusively on DUI and criminal traffic defense. Denver DUI attorney Rhidian Orr, senior partner and owner of The Orr Law Firm, believes that DUI defense is so complex that a firm must focus exclusively on this area of law in order to provide clients with the expertise and knowledgeable defense they deserve. Attorneys at The Orr Law Firm go through extensive training and certifications to ensure they are up-to-date on all cutting edge defense strategies and evidentiary principles as they relate to DUI defense. Attorneys at The Orr Law Firm are active members of the National College for DUI Defense, are trained in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, Gas Chromatography and are also trained in the operation of the Intoxilyzer 5000EN. DUI defense is our passion and we promise to provide all clients with exceptional customer service and the best possible legal defense as it relates to each individual case. Almost half of all of our clients are either return clients or referrals. This speaks volumes to the success of our firm and the satisfaction of our clients. The majority of criminal defense attorneys claim to "handle" DUI cases, but you need a Colorado DUI defense attorney, not just a general criminal defense attorney. Don’t let a DUI ruin your life. We will aggressively fight for your rights while respecting your privacy and time.

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