Archive for the ‘Drunk Driving’ Category

Dangerous drunk driving accidents are on the rise

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, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation, alcohol continues to be involved in about 40 percent of all traffic fatalities in the state.
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How to stay safe from DUI drivers during the holidays

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 driving under the influence (DUI). In fact, more than 40 percent of all fatal crashes in our state involve alcohol.

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Governor Hickenlooper to Sign Tough Felony DUI Law

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, and other DUI accident victim advocates like him, have been urging state lawmakers for stiffer DUI accident laws, and their calls have been heard.

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Teen Killed in DUI Car Crash

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 even more chilling about this case is the other passenger in the car, 22-year-old Amanda Gonzales. It was her sport utility vehicle they were all riding in. Gonzales apparently gave both teenage boys alcohol–and then gave Ethan’s friend the keys to her car. The driver is being charged with vehicular homicide for his role in the accident. Gonzales is not. For Ethan Saltar’s mother, Leanne, this is unacceptable.
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Colorado DUI Fatalities Report

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 traffic fatalities.

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MADD’s 2010 Tie One On For Safety Program

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 or killed every year because someone chose to get into their car and drive after having too much to drink. Since its founding in 1980, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has been on a mission to reduce the frequency of drunk driving, and to fight for harsher penalties for those who drive drunk. To increase awareness, and get more people involved in the fight, MADD created the Tie One On For Safety program.

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Labor Day DUI Crackdown

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, and will continue the crackdown through September 7.

Labor Day weekend brings an increase in alcohol-related vehicle accidents every year. Unfortunately, many of those accidents result in at least one fatality. Read On…

Drunk Driver Kills Recent College Grad

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 distance of five miles, colliding with several vehicles before hitting the car Mary was riding in, killing her almost instantly. Long was arrested charges of vehicular homicide, two counts of vehicular assault, careless driving, driving on the wrong side of a divided highway, failure to remain at the scene, and driving under the influence (DUI).

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Suspect in Fatal DUI Crash Behind Bars Again

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 headed to Denver International Airport (DIA) and causing the crash that killed the two Connecticut librarians.

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DUI Fatality Rate Continues to Drop

Recent statistics on fatalities involving drunk drivers show that the number of people killed in alcohol related crashes since 2002 are declining. But, what we need to remember is that these statistics are not just numbers on a graph. These statistics represent a person – someone’s loved one, whether they are family, friend, neighbor, co-worker or an acquaintance.

Unlike contracting cancer or some other terminal illness, fatalities caused by a drunk driver are 100 percent preventable. Drunk driving is a choice. You cannot choose to get or not get cancer. You cannot choose to have or not have a heart attack. But you can choose to drive drunk.

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