Fall DUI enforcement effort underway throughout state | VailDaily.com

Fall DUI enforcement effort underway throughout state

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DENVER — The Colorado Department of Transportation is turning up the heat on drunk drivers with the statewide Fall Festivals DUI enforcement period. Working with the Colorado State Patrol and local law enforcement agencies, the department of transportation’s The Heat Is On campaign will continue until Oct. 26.

The enforcement effort arrives on the heels of the Labor Day enforcement period, during which 74 law enforcement agencies arrested 939 people between Aug. 21 and Sept. 8, according to preliminary data. Most arrests came from the Colorado State Patrol (214), Denver (154), Aurora (113) and Colorado Springs (93). The 2014 Labor Day DUI enforcement resulted in 1,102 statewide arrests from 95 participating law enforcement agencies.

One is one too many

“Even one alcohol- or drug-impaired driver is one too many and serves as a reminder of the importance of education and enforcement,” said Darrell Lingk, Director of the transportation department’s Office of Transportation Safety. “The Heat Is On campaign helps keep Coloradans safe from those that act irresponsibly and put others at risk.”

“We realize people want to have a good time, and that is fine, but drinkers must be responsible and never get behind the wheel impaired.” Col. Scott HernandezChief of the Colorado State Patrol

“With the arrival of fall, we tend to see an increase in impaired driving due to alcohol-related events like Oktoberfest and football season, among other factors,” said Col. Scott Hernandez, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “We realize people want to have a good time, and that is fine, but drinkers must be responsible and never get behind the wheel impaired.”

For more information, go to http://www.HeatIs OnColorado.com.


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