May 28, 2011 2:21 PM by James H Egbert
"The Heat Is On" campaign went into full swing late Friday evening as the Colorado Springs Police and Colorado State Patrol conducted a sobriety checkpoint in downtown Colorado Springs.
The DUI checkpoint was conducted along South Nevada Avenue at Las Vegas Street with Colorado Springs Police, State Troopers and volunteers directing traffic through a maze of cones designed to alert law enforcement officers to anyone possibly driving under the influence.
In the first few hours of the checkpoint officers randomly checked 498 vehicles and their drivers. Of those who were checked 33 people were evaluated with field sobriety checks and some with other tests designed to determine if a driver is intoxicated or impaired.
As a result, police arrested 15 people for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. Funding for the operation of this checkpoint was provided through a CDOT checkpoint grant.