Sober Super Cruising in The Captain’s Chair

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Colorado) – Colorado State Patrol troopers want you to know that alcohol and drugs impact your ability to safely operate a vehicle and endanger lives. The Fourth of July holiday brings with it a time of celebration. Plan to party in place or arrange for a sober ride.

Colorado’s DUI laws do not exercise leniency on our out-of-state visitors. Anyone who drives impaired on our roadways will be arrested. The Interstate Driver’s License Compact includes 45 states and the District of Columbia, ensuring that your home state will receive information about your traffic violations and driver’s license suspension. At least where your driver’s license is concerned, what happens on vacation does not stay on vacation. 

If you live in Colorado, a DUI will impact you significantly. While penalties are determined by the court and may vary, they could exceed $14,500. According to, you could be required to pay the following fees if you get a DUI:

DUI Arrest
  • Increased Auto Insurance – $3,600
  • Ignition Interlock Service – $2,172
  • Alcohol/Drug Treatment & Education – $1,000
  • Defense Attorney – $3,655
  • Arrest, Court & Legal Fees – approx. $2,300
  • Department of Revenue & DMV Fees – approx. $773


These warnings only pertain to being caught by law enforcement.  The far more horrific consequence is living with the death or serious injury you brought to someone else.  Enjoy all the mountain activities and beautiful views from a sober driver’s seat. If you choose to party, park your vehicle, put away the keys and make a plan for a sober ride!


Since our origin in 1935, the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) has focused on preserving human life and protecting property within our communities. Our 1,100 members embody the core values of Honor, Duty, and Respect in their daily jobs.  In addition to our expertise in motor vehicle safety on the state’s roadways, the CSP is responsible for the Governor and other dignitaries’ protection, commercial motor vehicle enforcement, hazardous materials, homeland security, communications, investigative services, criminal interdiction, community education, aviation operations, and more.