Steamboat briefs: DUI patrols increase today through Halloween weekend |

Steamboat briefs: DUI patrols increase today through Halloween weekend

From today through Monday, Nov. 2, the Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol and local law enforcement agencies throughout the state will partner together for The Heat Is On campaign.

DUI patrols will increase at 70 agencies, citing and arresting drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“Halloween this year falls on a Saturday, so it’s likely some adults will be out partying and celebrating that night,” said Darrell Lingk, director of the CDOT’s Office of Transportation Safety, in a news release. “With children also out trick-or-treating that evening, it’s imperative we keep impaired drivers off the streets.”

Between 2013 and 2014, there was a decrease in the number of DUI arrests during the Halloween weekend enforcement period, dropping from 427 arrests to 329 arrests.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, between 2009 and 2013, 43 percent of all traffic fatalities on Halloween resulted from a drunken driving-related crash, and 26 percent of all pedestrian fatalities on Halloween night involved a drunken driver.

“We’re asking Colorado motorists who choose to drink to do so responsibly and help keep our roadways safe while celebrating Halloween,” said Col. Scott Hernandez, chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “But they should know if they choose to drive impaired, they are a danger to themselves and others on our roadways, and they will be arrested.”

Free Health Perspective talk Monday at Library Hall

Bud Werner Memorial Library presents a free Health Perspective talk focusing on dementia at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Library Hall. Peggy Watson, an expert in non-pharmacological behavior management for dementia and author of two books on dementia, including “Dementia: Loving Care with a Therapeutic Benefit,” will give a presentation for caregivers, friends, medical professionals and anyone who wants to learn more about dementia. The evening includes a question-and-answer session, and Watson’s books will be available for purchase. Visit for more information.

Forest Service maps now available via smartphone

Nearly 700 digital U.S. Forest Service maps now can be accessed via a smartphone by downloading the PDF Maps Mobile App, which is available free from iTunes and the Android Play Store, according to a news release.

Through the app, users can purchase and download maps that are stored on their devices and can use the maps based on their location when GPS is available. The maps also will allow users to measure distance and area, find coordinates, open a current view in Google Maps, plot place marks, add notes, enter data and add photos, according to a news release.

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