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DUI Statistics in Colorado

Every year, we hear about DUI statistics in Colorado. Driving under the influence (DUI) remains a major concern across the US, and many countries worldwide have long since put laws in place to attempt to address this issue.

Colorado has gone a step further than some states by incorporating two levels into its DUI laws.

You can be charged with a DUI when “you are substantially incapable” of operating a vehicle after consuming alcohol, drugs, or prescription medications, or if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is at or above .08” (http://www.noduicolorado.org/dui-stats-by-county/#.WVhNrLRrjlJ).

You can also be charged with Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI). You may be charged with DWAI when “your ability is impaired to the slightest degree” by alcohol, drugs or even prescription medications, or if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is found to be in excess of .05 but less than .08” (http://www.noduicolorado.org/dui-stats-by-county/#.WVhNrLRrjlJ ).

Unfortunately, while there has been a decline in road fatalities in Colorado for over a decade, 2016 was Colorado’s deadliest year for road fatalities since 2008. While this spike is a result of several factors, undoubtedly one contributing factor remains DUI — which caused 32% of road fatalities in the previous year.

To examine the issues surrounding DUI statistics in Colorado, it is useful to look at DUI related statistics. Two sets of DUI statistics are important — the number of residents with DUI/DWAI charges filed against them and the average BAC level of these people.

For a more detailed examination, we will give the statistics for Colorado’s 64 counties for the entire year of 2016 which are the most up to date statistics available (statistic source: ADDSCODS 2016 Judicial District Statistics 2016, sourced from http://www.noduicolorado.org/dui-stats-by-county/#.WVhNrLRrjlJ ).

DUI STATS in First 20 Counties (by population)

In Denver County, the largest county by population, the number of residents with DUI/DWAI charges (No. residents) was 2,612 residents, and the Average BAC level (Avg. BAC) was 0.164. In El Paso County, the second largest country by population, the stats were: No. residents: 2,220 residents, Avg. BAC: 0.168. The statistics for the next 18 most populated counties were as follows:

CountyNumber of Residents Charged with DUI/DWAIAverage BAC level
Arapahoe County2,5200.164
Jefferson County1,8920.174
Adams County23120.163
Larimer County1,4600.156
Douglas County7000.164
Boulder County1,1170.157
Weld County1,0670.162
Pueblo County5590.211
Mesa County6830.171
Broomfield County1750.163
Garfield County4970.155
La Plata County5020.160
Eagle County4300.150
Fremont County1760.157
Montrose County1570.141
Delta County1420.141
Summit County3830.150
Morgan County1120.154
DUI STATS in Counties 21-40 by population

The DUI statistics for Montezuma County are 132 residents with a DUI/DWAI charge filed against them and an average BAC level of 0.151. Next is Elbert County. The DUI statistics for this county are 55 residents with an average BAC level of 0.164.

The statistics for the next 18 counties are given below:

CountyNumber of Residents Charged with DUI/DWAIAverage BAC level
Routt County1560.164
Teller County1700.168
Logan County680.154
Chaffee County800.157
Otero County660.146
Pitkin County1270.155
Park County710.157
Alamosa County1440.145
Gunnison County1450.141
Grand County1650.164
Las Animas County790.155
Moffat County840.164
Archuleta County790.160
Prowers County1140.142
Rio Grande County560.145
Yuma County390.154
Clear Creek County950.150
Kit Carson County340.154
DUI STATS in Counties 41-60 (by population)

Here are the DUI statistics in Colorado for the next 20 counties by population size are as follows:

CountyNumber of Residents Charged with DUI/DWIAverage BAC level
Conejos County:330.145
San Miguel County:760.141
Lake County:550.150
Huerfano County:580.155
Rio Blanco County:390.155
Saguache County:130.145
Gilpin County:1050.174
Bent County:110.146
Crowley County:120.146
Lincoln County:230.164
Washington County:270.154
Ouray County:330.141
Custer County:170.157
Phillips County:90.154
Costilla County:210.145
Baca County:90.142
Sedgwick County:90.154
Dolores County:110.151
Cheyenne County:200.142
Kiowa County:30.142
DUI STATS in 4 Least Populated Counties

The DUI Statistics in Colorado for the four smallest counties in terms of population size are as follows:

CountyNumber of Residents Charged with DUI/DWAIAverage BAC level
Jackson County:40.156
Hinsdale County:30.141
Mineral County:20.145
San Juan County:40.160

 quick glance at these statistics demonstrates that, just like the rest of the US, the Centennial state has not escaped the issue of driving under the influence. However, these statistics will provide you the opportunity to stay updated on the extent and development of the issue in Colorado and therefore one step closer to finding new solutions.

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