Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Governor Seeks to Raid Special DUI Enforcement Fund

Governor Ritter has announced he will seek to permanently divert over $1 million in the state's Law Enforcement Assistance Fund (LEAF) that was started over 25 years ago in order to alleviate a state budget shortfall of $318 million, according to the Denver Post. LEAF funds are distributed to law enforcement agencies statewide to pay for extra DUI enforcement and officer overtime. LEAF is funded by surcharges paid by all persons who are convicted of alcohol-related driving offenses. Most recently, LEAF funds have been used to promote and fund "The Heat is On!" anti-drunk-driving campaign enforcement. The effect of the Governor's action will be the elimination of special or extraordinary DUI enforcement measures by most law enforcement agencies, but don't expect overall DUI arrest numbers to be significantly affected, as there will still be plenty of patrol officers statewide looking for any form of traffic offense, including DUI. The Denver Post article on this matter may be found at http://www.denverpost.com/ci_13249269.

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