Sep 2, 2010 6:59 PM by Greg Boyce
The unofficial end of summer is approaching, and the Colorado State Patrol and law enforcement agencies across the state are ramping up DUI enforcement with a goal of zero drug or alcohol-related fatalities this holiday weekend.
The crackdown will wrap up Colorado's "100 Days of Heat" summer DUI campaign and is also part of the national effort, "Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.," that began August 20th. Since then, 819 people have been arrested for DUI in Colorado.
"Impaired driving is not an accident. It is a crime that demonstrates a careless disregard for human life," said Col. James Wolfinbarger, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. "It is simply not acceptable that 191 people were killed on Colorado roadways last year because of someone's selfish choice to drink and drive."
With several major events planned this holiday weekend, including the big football game between CU and CSU, officials are warning people to designated sober drivers or face stiff consequences. According to the State Patrol a DUI conviction can cost more than $10,000 and could include jail time, loss of a driver's license or the required use of an ignition interlock device.
"People don't think about the consequences of a DUI arrest until it's too late, but it's important to realize that the penalties are tough and can impact your ability to get to your job or take care of your family," said Pamela Hutton, chief engineer and governor's representative for highway safety at the Colorado Department of Transportation. "But all of those consequences can be avoided easily be designating a sober driver before you take that first sip of alcohol."
The Colorado State Patrol and 84 law enforcement agencies have plans for increased patrols and saturation patrols through 3 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 7th.
The following sobriety checkpoints are scheduled:
Friday, Sept. 3rd
Saturday, Sept. 4th
Sunday, Sept. 5th