Winter DUI enforcement kicks off Friday |

Winter DUI enforcement kicks off Friday

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — To ensure the safety of all winter drivers and passengers, Colorado law enforcement agencies will be boosting DUI enforcement with increased officers on duty and saturation patrols from Friday, Jan. 18, through Monday, Jan. 28.

In coordination with Colorado State Patrol and statewide law agencies, the Colorado Department of Transportation will amplify enforcement as part of its The Heat is On campaign. The Winter Blitz enforcement is the first of 15 specified enforcement periods held in Colorado throughout the year.

During the 14 DUI enforcement periods in 2018, law enforcement arrested 9,687 drivers for DUI. This number is down slightly from the 10,271 arrests made in 2017. Over the course of the 185 heightened enforcement days, an average of 52 DUI arrests were made each day.

Preliminary data shows 216 people died in impaired-related crashes on Colorado roads in 2018, which includes alcohol and other drugs.

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