CDOT Announces New Spanish Tool to Combat Impaired Driving

November 2, 2016 - Traffic Safety - STATEWIDE  — In an ongoing effort to reduce the number of alcohol-related  fatalities on the state’s roads, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) launched a new Spanish app for smart phones, called "R-U-Buzzed.”

 The free application is available for both Android and iPhone.

The R-U-Buzzed app allows users to track their blood alcohol content (BAC) level based on information  they enter — weight, gender and the number and type of drinks consumed  in a given time. The app compares the user's estimated BAC with Colorado's DUI and DWAI laws, and includes a "Back to Zero" estimate, which approximates when the user will be completely sober after he/she stops drinking. The app's intuitive, single-screen interface also provides general information about alcohol impairment and Colorado law, all in Spanish.

"This app is designed to help users, regardless of language preference, understand that even a couple of drinks can impair your ability to drive," said Darrell Lingk, Director, Office of Transportation Safety & Risk Management at CDOT. "The app also reminds drivers that they can be arrested if their ability to drive is affected to the slightest degree by alcohol," added Lingk.


"Our responsibility is to empower people to drive  safely by providing resources, in both English and   Spanish,   to  help   them   make   the   right   decisions   on   staying   safe.,"   said   CDOT Communications  Manager,  Sam  Cole.  "With  the  R-U-Buzzed  app,  it  is  extremely  easy  to estimate the concentration  of alcohol in the blood and then choose a safe way to get home. There’s no excuse for anyone to be driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs."

In Colorado, a driver is considered to be DWAI (Driving While Ability Impaired) if their BAC is

0.05  percent  or higher  (but  less than  0.08  percent  BAC).  A driver  is considered  to be DUI (Driving Under the Influence) if their BAC is 0.08 percent or higher. DWAI and DUI consequences include arrest and jail time, loss of driver’s license and fines.


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