May 28, 2010 9:31 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
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. 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.