Colo. agencies turn up heat on DUI enforcement

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Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer – and a summerlong crackdown on drunken drivers.

The Colorado State Patrol and law enforcement agencies across the state are launching a DUI crackdown starting this weekend. They’re calling the campaign the “100 Days of Heat” and they say the goal is to save lives.

-Associated Press

Last year, 191 people were killed in Colorado in alcohol-related accidents. That was 41 percent of all traffic deaths.

Nearly one-third of the traffic deaths involving alcohol occurred between Memorial Weekend and Labor Day. Authorities say the good news is that alcohol-related deaths dropped 17 percent last summer from the same period in 2008.

Officers made 3,531 DUI arrests during last summer’s crackdown.

One Response to Colo. agencies turn up heat on DUI enforcement

  1. Any effort to save lives so carelessly taken when people get behind the wheel after drinking is a good thing. A great local alternative to having a designated driver or calling a cab is “Designated Drive of Colorado Springs” PLEASE don’t drink and drive…. my brother would be alive had a drunk not gotten behind the wheel. No one should suffer the unbearable pain caused when a loved one is killed because someone CHOSE to drive drunk.

    May 28, 2010 at 12:37 pm