DENVER (KKTV) - The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) released their results from their plan to keep families safe from drunk drivers. It was a summer program aimed at stopping repeat DUI offenders from getting behind the wheel after they've been drinking.
Back in July, CDOT asked anyone in Colorado with one previous DUI to sign up. Their goal was to have more than 400 drivers participate in the program. In the end, they had 475 drivers involved.
The purpose was to see if owning a breathalyzer could prevent drivers from getting a second DUI. If they blew into the device and see how impaired they actually are, CDOT hoped they'd rethink getting behind the wheel and find a safe ride home. Once a driver signed up and was accepted into the program, they were mailed a free breathalyzer to keep.
"If you participate in the program, you can keep the breathalyzer as long as you respond to our survey asking what you thought of the program," said CDOT spokesperson Sam Cole.
The breathalyzers were paired with a smartphone application called BACtrack.
"We actually are partnering with BACtrack, and BACtrack breathalyzers are law enforcement-grade device, so the number is accurate, it's very accurate," Cole said. "It's actually probably very close to the number that you would blow if you were pulled over by an officer on the highway and he wanted to breathalyze you."
In Colorado, there were more than 21,000 DUI cases in 2016. Forty percent of those were repeat offenders.
El Paso County has one of the highest fatality rates in Colorado for crashes involving impaired drivers. In 2016, there were 21 deaths in the county. So far this year, there have been 11.
CDOT released the following results from their program: