Seeing a vehicle swerving on the road and heading in your direction frightens all drivers. You immediately wonder if the driver is impaired.
Drunk drivers kill more than 10,000 people annually in the United States.
Each state has its own set of consequences for driving impaired.
If you have been injured by a drunk driver or even if you suspect one is on the road, you should know how to report a drunk driver in Colorado.
Colorado Drunk Driving Statistics
Backgroundchecks.org identifies Colorado as the thirteenth most dangerous state for drunk driving accidents.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1,548 people were killed in crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver in Colorado from 2009 to 2018.
Colorado’s driving impairment death rates by age nearly mirror national averages with the largest number of deaths in the 21 to 34 age range.
A survey conducted by Behavioral Risk Surveillance Systems reported that 1.7% of adults nationally reported driving after drinking too much, compared to 1.8% statewide in Colorado.
Nearly one in three traffic deaths in the United States involves a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher
Common Signs of Drunk Driving
When you report a drunk driver in Colorado you are helping keep your loved ones and your community safe.
Accidents happen, but there are often signs that indicate you are sharing the road with someone who is not fit to drive.
Here are some things to look out for:
- Swerving or zig-zagging across the road,
- Quick changes in acceleration,
- Driving on the wrong side of the road,
- Crossing the center lane,
- Stopping or braking without cause,
- Driving without headlights at night,
- Nearly striking an object or another vehicle,
- Driving 10 miles or more under the speed limit,
- Inappropriate use of signals,
- Driving somewhere other than the road.
In general, any irregular driving behavior could indicate intoxication. You do not have to know with certainty that a driver is under the influence to report a drunk driver.
How to Report a Drunk Driver
To report a drunk driver in Colorado, simply call 911. If you do not have a voice-activated service in your vehicle, pull over before placing the call.
You also have the option of dialing *DUI (star 384) to reach the drunk driving hotline or *CSP (star 277) to reach the Colorado State Patrol.
The dispatcher will request the following information:
- The exact location of the driver when you saw them, including the road and any cross streets;
- The direction they were headed;
- Description of the vehicle, including the make, model, and color;
- The driving behavior that caused your concern; and
- The license plate number if you were able to see it.
Whatever information you can provide will be helpful and potentially save lives. Never assume that someone else is going to call to report a drunk driver.
Injured by a Drunk Driver?
If you were in an accident with a drunk driver, it’s crucial that you report the incident.
Though drunk driving is a criminal charge, you may also be eligible to file a civil claim to be compensated for your injuries.
There is never an excuse for driving intoxicated, and you should not have to be responsible for injuries you sustained due to someone else’s negligent behavior.
The experienced legal team at Tenge Law Firm, LLC, has been representing Colorado car accident victims for nearly three decades.
Contact us for your free consultation.