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Boulder Colorado DUI Statistics for 2011

By on Jun 15, 2012 in Blog, Boulder Colorado Law Advice Blogs, DUI Blogs | 0 comments

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At The Clark Law Firm, we’ve found some very interesting statistics about DUI arrests in Boulder, Colorado for 2011. Some of these numbers are appalling, while others should simply raise alarm. As a whole, DUI arrests have been steadily decreasing over the last 5 years.

Alcohol-Related Fatalities

Fortunately, these numbers have remained low in Boulder over the past 5 years. Of the total of 5 fatal accidents, only 1 death was related to alcohol in 2011. 2009 saw the highest rate of fatal accidents due to alcohol, with 3 deaths.

DUI Arrests

The Boulder police department made 671 DUI arrests in 2011. This number has been declining since 2006 with a high of 1,048 arrests. For most people, a single DUI would hopefully force a lesson to be learned. However, 4 individuals were arrested twice for Boulder DUIs in 2011. Of all the arrests, there were 539 notices of revocation. That means that the drivers license was taken away. That number is 80% of the total DUIs issued.

Seasonal DUIs

It would appear that there are ebbs and flows to the arrests made throughout 2011. Arrests seem to start off high in January, which could be in part due to New Years Eve celebrations with 51 DUI arrests. February rates decline and then increases again until April, which saw 67 arrests for the month. This could be due to the ending of the winter and arrival of spring. May saw 60 arrests through to July with 47 arrests during the springtime. Then arrests increased for August to 64 and slightly lowered to 52 for September.

These higher numbers compared to the summer time may be due to fall setting in. October had the highest rate of DUI arrests throughout the year with 73 total arrests. There is no doubt that Halloween night bolsters that number quite a bit. Then the numbers drop to 58 for November and 57 arrests for December. The one thing to note here is that this cycle seems to repeat itself year after year, with similar rises and declines in the rate.

DUI Age Range

Sadly the youngest person arrested in 2011 for a DUI was 15 years old. Conversely, the eldest person arrested for a DUI 73. The total number of Juveniles arrested were for DUIs was 12, which means not only should they not have been drinking, but most were not of legal age to drive either.

Between the ages of 18-20, there were a total of 71 arrests. Between the ages of 21-30 saw the highest rate, with 344 total arrests. Between the ages of 31-70, there were a total of 243 arrests. If you were to add these stats to a graph based on age and number of arrests, it would create what would otherwise be called a bell curve. With the peak point being between the ages of 21-30.

Blood Alcohol Content Range

The legal limit for a BAC and to be allowed to drive still is .05%, between .051% and .079% is a DWAI, while anything over .08% will get you a DUI. The most common blood alcohol range for those tested in 2011 was between .1% – .149% with 136 cases. The second most common range was between .15% – .199% with 115 cases. The third most common range was between .001% – .079% with 87 total cases.

Expressed Consent

Of the 671 DUI arrests made, all had to give expressed consent to test their BAC levels. 139 people out right refused to take the test which doesn’t admit to guilt, but they did give the right to drive for a year. 301 people took the breath test, with either the field breathalyzer or the desk top breath analyzer.

229 people opted to take a blood test, which cannot be done in the field due to safety protocol. The remaining 2 people did not take a test at all, 1 was not offered for a bicycle DUI while the other was a 16 year old who was released to his parents.

If you have been charged with a DUI and are searching for a DUI attorney, than please contact The Clark Law Firm. With his knowledge and experience as a Boulder DUI Lawyer, he can help to determine what the best defensive course of action to take would be.

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