Despite laws in place to deter people from getting behind the wheel while intoxicated, drunk driving is still one of the leading causes of car accidents in Colorado. A recent case involving a death caused by a repeat DUI offender has led one prosecutor to ask whether the state's laws are strong enough to do what they were intended to do.
There is no question that drunk driving remains a serious problem. Despite constantly evolving laws and serious penalties, drunk drivers are still a major cause of car accidents that result in injuries or fatalities. Last year alone, Jefferson, Adams and Weld counties saw 55 drunk driving accident fatalities, and many more injuries.
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