Young men account for nearly a third of all DUI cases in Colorado in 2016, report finds
Men in their 20s accounted for nearly a third of all DUI cases in Colorado in 2016, according to a first-of-its-kind comprehensive report on impaired driving in the state that also found most people charged with DUI are ultimately convicted.
Young men were the largest group of defendants in a state analysis of the 27,000-plus DUI court cases filed across the state in 2016, though the group only represents about 8 percent of the state’s total population. Men as a whole represented about three quarters of all cases of driving under the influence.
Analysts also found that more than a third of defendants had a previous DUI conviction.
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The report was mandated by a bill the Colorado State Assembly passed in 2017 and comes as the number of deaths on Colorado’s roads continues to rise. State lawmakers tasked the Division of Criminal Justice with publishing an annual report collecting and analyzing data on impaired driving in the state. Analysts pulled data from 27,244 court cases filed statewide that included at least one DUI charge and connected those cases to toxicology tests, if they were completed and could be located.
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