The number of motorcyclist fatalities here in Colorado spiked last year. State officials reported that 125 motorcyclists had died on Colorado roads and highways, that’s more than any other year on record. Worse yet, 2017 seems to be on pace to break that record, but officials haven’t given up hope.
How Will CDOT Take a Bite Out of Drunk Driving in Colorado?
So far, the state has redoubled its media campaigns to raise awareness of motorcycle safety. The Live to Ride campaign has been reaching out to drivers and motorcyclists alike, but safety officials aren’t stopping there. CDOT has also been concentrating on preventing distracted driving. That’s because officials at the Colorado State Patrol believe one of the top contributing factors to the spike in rider fatalities has to do with texting and driving. However, there is another link to this chain of safety our state officials are trying to build.
Last year, Colorado law enforcement handed out over 21,000 citations for suspicion of driving while under the influence. Out of those thousands of tickets, almost 40 percent were to drivers who had prior DUI citations. This drinking and driving epidemic is the next possible contributor to record motorcycle rider fatalities, and so CDOT is trying to do something about it.
Transportation officials have teamed up with BACtrack to provide DUI offenders with mobile breathalyzers. These devices—BACtrack Mobile Pros—can not only tell the user their current blood-alcohol content (BAC), but it can also estimate when the user’s BAC will return to zero. Other features include a guessing feature, so users can learn how to tell when they’ve had enough, and a call Uber function that pops up if the user’s BAC is too high.
So far this program has slowly become very popular. It was originaly slated to only have 200 participants from Adams, Jefferson and Weld counties, but now 475 offenders are participating from all over Colorado. Better yet, 84 percent of people using these devices say they are helping reduce their likelihood of driving while impaired.
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