Law enforcement DUI campaign continues through Nov. 1
Law enforcement agencies around the state will continue targeting impaired drivers for the Halloween Heat Is On enforcement campaign through Nov. 1.
The latest enforcement period began Friday night, with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and law enforcement throughout the state partnering to increase DUI enforcement, arresting drivers impaired by alcohol, cannabis or other drugs. The campaign aims to eliminate drunk driving related injuries and fatalities.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 44 percent of all traffic fatalities on Halloween night between 2012-2016 involved a drunk driving related crash, while 14 percent of all pedestrian fatalities on Halloween involved a drunk driver. In 2016, 21- to 34-year-olds accounted for the most fatalities (46 percent) in drunk-driving crashes on Halloween night.
“We have zero tolerance for those who choose to drive impaired and we are committed to keeping all Coloradans safe,” said Darrell Lingk, Director of the Office of Transportation Safety at CDOT. “Thousands of children and families will be out and about trick-or-treating and enjoying other festivities this Halloween. Drunk drivers selfishly put themselves and others at risk.”
Last year’s Halloween DUI enforcement resulted in 375 DUI arrests, with the Colorado State Patrol (68), Colorado Springs Police Department (29) and Denver Police Department (28) citing the most arrests. The Sterling Police Department and Logan County Sheriff’s Office each reported two arrests during the 2017 campaign.
The CDOT Highway Safety Office provides funding to Colorado law enforcement for impaired driving enforcement, education and awareness campaigns. The Heat Is On campaign runs throughout the year with 14 specific, high-visibility impaired driving enforcement periods centered on national holidays and large public events. Enforcement periods can include sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and additional law enforcement on duty dedicated to impaired driving enforcement. More details about the campaign, including impaired driving enforcement plans, arrest totals and safety tips can be found at HeatIsOnColorado.com.