Spring brings a welcomed glimpse into hotter climate, providing Coloradans and vacationers myriad outside actions that make our state a fascinating place to dwell and go to. To remind the touring public to remain accountable on state roads and highways throughout their spring plans, the Colorado Division of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol and native regulation enforcement companies will conduct the Spring DUI enforcement interval from April 2 to Might 10.
Security stays a high precedence for all CDOT initiatives. CDOT urges Coloradans to proceed to take precautions when round folks outdoors of their family to stop the unfold of COVID-19.
“As temperatures heat and extra Coloradans are vaccinated, we anticipate extra folks to be on our roadways. Everybody is raring to get again to regular, however this isn’t an excuse to be careless if consuming alcohol, marijuana, or different medicine,” stated Chief Matthew Packard, Colorado State Patrol. “Make a plan earlier than you eat an impairing substance. Your determination boils all the way down to being accountable or being reckless. By no means put an harmless life in hurt’s means.”
Final 12 months’s Spring DUI enforcement interval resulted in 468 DUI arrests. This 12 months, 84 regulation enforcement companies are planning to extend DUI patrols. Eradicating impaired drivers from Colorado roads earlier than they crash is the purpose of the marketing campaign. This protects lives and helps everybody get house alive.
Throughout the latest St. Patrick’s Day DUI enforcement, 101 companies arrested 206 impaired drivers. This is a rise from final 12 months’s 195 arrests throughout the identical enforcement interval. The Colorado Springs Police Division (33 arrests), CSP/Troop 1-A Golden (11 arrests), Denver Police Division (10 arrests), and Lakewood Police Division (10 arrests) recorded the very best variety of arrests through the enforcement. The Colorado State Patrol made 35 arrests. Outcomes for all regulation enforcement companies throughout the state could be discovered at https://www.codot.gov/safety/traffic-safety-reporting-portal.
Final 12 months, impaired drivers had been concerned in almost 33% of all deadly crashes in Colorado. This resulted within the deaths of 208 roadway customers within the state, together with pedestrians, motorcyclists and drivers. As of March 31, 2021, 34 fatalities in Colorado have concerned an impaired driver this 12 months. It is a lower from the 40 fatalities that occurred between Jan. 1 – March 31, 2020.
“The excuse of not understanding in case you are impaired is just not acceptable. Consuming any quantity of alcohol or marijuana places you liable to a DUI,” stated CDOT’s Workplace of Transportation Security Director Darrell Lingk. “In the event you plan to drink, it’s your duty to be proactive earlier than getting behind the wheel and plan for a sober experience house. In the event you see somebody attain for his or her keys after ingesting, communicate up and don’t allow them to drive.”
Discover native company plans and whole arrests for The Warmth Is On enforcement durations at codot.gov/safety/traffic-safety-reporting-portal. Details about DUI legal guidelines in Colorado could be discovered at NoDUIColorado.org.
ABOUT THE HEAT IS ON
The CDOT Freeway Security Workplace gives funding to Colorado regulation enforcement for impaired driving enforcement, schooling and consciousness campaigns. The Warmth Is On marketing campaign runs all year long, with 16 particular high-visibility impaired driving enforcement durations centered on nationwide holidays and enormous public occasions. Enforcement durations can embrace sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and extra regulation enforcement on obligation devoted to impaired driving enforcement. Discover extra particulars concerning the marketing campaign, together with impaired driving enforcement plans, arrest totals and security ideas at HeatIsOnColorado.com. Extra details about DUI legal guidelines in Colorado could be discovered at NoDUIColorado.org. Be taught extra about CDOT’s dedication to holding Colorado roads secure, together with impaired driving enforcement aims, arrest knowledge and security info at codot.gov/safety.