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Colorado Goes High-Tech To Battle DUI-related Crashes

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Colorado’s department of transportation is using technology to combat driving under the influence.

As The Prowers Journal reports, of the more than 21,000 DUI filings made in Colorado last year, 40 percent involved individuals with a prior DUI offense.

In an effort to curb drunk driving, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is launching a program in partnership with BACtrack, a personal and professional Breathalyzer company, to determine if smartphone breathalyzers help those with a previous DUI conviction avoid a second offense.

CDOT is seeking first-time DUI offenders in Adams, Jefferson and Weld counties – which combined, represented 33.7 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2016 - to participate in the program.

CDOT will gather information about how smartphone breathalyzerzs influence participants’ behaviors and track data about Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC), time, and location, each time participants use the app.