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Drunk Driving

Drive High, Maybe Get a DUI?


By Kyle Bachus

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September 2, 2016

In 2013, Colorado adopted its 64th state amendment, legalizing the medicinal, industrial, and recreational use of marijuana. The decision has led to increased tax and fee revenue for the state—over $135 million in 2015. While there are pros and cons to the new legislation, one thing is proving difficult for both police officers and Colorado…

Dangerous drunk driving accidents are on the rise


By Kyle Bachus

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January 20, 2016

Each year in Colorado, drunk driving kills more than 200 people and injures thousands of innocent victims. These crashes cost the state’s citizens tens of millions of dollars in medical bills, lost wages, increased insurance premiums, property damage, and countless other expenses. While the overall number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities has declined in recent years,…

How to stay safe from DUI drivers during the holidays


By Kyle Bachus

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November 4, 2015

The holiday season is fast approaching, and while we all look forward to trick-or-treating, family gatherings, and winter festivities, with the frosty season comes a greater risk for alcohol-related accidents. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, each year in Colorado, nearly 200 people are killed in alcohol-related crashes, and 25,000 drivers are arrested for…

Governor Hickenlooper to Sign Tough Felony DUI Law


By Kyle Bachus

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June 4, 2015

In Colorado, each year more than 240 people are killed and 4,000 are seriously injured in alcohol-related crashes. This is more than a statistic to Frank Martinez, whose 37-year old nephew Gilbert and his young sons, ages 6 and 1, were killed in Weld County last January by a drunk driver with seven DUIs. Martinez,…

Teen Killed in DUI Car Crash


By Kyle Bachus

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January 19, 2011

Ethan Saltar was just 16 years old when he was killed in a car accident in Brighton, Colorado, last September. His best friend was driving the sport utility vehicle Ethan was riding in, and when the vehicle rolled over in the crash, Ethan was ejected. Ethan’s friend was driving under the influence of alcohol. What’s…

Colorado DUI Fatalities Report


By Kyle Bachus

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December 16, 2010

After analyzing traffic statistics compiled by The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Bachus & Schanker created a detailed report on DUI fatalities in the state. The report covers the period from 2005 to 2009, and contains some good news. Unfortunately, it’s counterbalanced by some bad news about alcohol-related…

MADD’s 2010 Tie One On For Safety Program


By Kyle Bachus

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December 1, 2010

Every day in the United States, 32 people die in car accidents caused by drunk drivers. Every holiday season, the number of drunk driving accidents, and therefore the number of deaths, goes up all over the country. It’s a sad part of what is supposed to be a joyous time. Thousands of people are injured…

Labor Day DUI Crackdown


By Kyle Bachus

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August 25, 2010

Weld County is cracking down on drunk driving. Between 2004 and 2008, the county had one of the highest rates of DUI fatalities in Colorado. In an effort to reduce the number of fatalities during Labor Day weekend, the Weld County DUI Task Force increased patrols and sobriety checkpoints throughout the county on August 20,…

Drunk Driver Kills Recent College Grad


By Kyle Bachus

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July 14, 2010

On the night of July 5, 2010, Elizabeth Long killed 22-year-old Mary Warren. It wasn’t premeditated, and Long didn’t use a gun or a knife, but she did use a weapon — her car. Long was driving drunk. So drunk, in fact, that she drove her car the wrong way down Interstate 25 for a…

Suspect in Fatal DUI Crash Behind Bars Again


By Kyle Bachus

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November 20, 2009

Sandra Jacobson is back in jail again after being arrested for driving with a suspended license. Her license was suspended in early January 2009, over two weeks before the she caused the crash that killed Kathy Krasniewicz 54, and Kate McClelland, 71. Jacobson is accused of losing control of her truck and sideswiping a taxi…

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