STATEWIDE — Summer time will quickly come to a detailed, however driving impaired is rarely in season. The Colorado Division of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol and native regulation enforcement companies are coming collectively for a late summer time DUI marketing campaign from Aug. 18 to Sept. 6. Further patrols will likely be stationed statewide to take away impaired drivers from the roads forward of and through the Labor Day vacation weekend.
“We’re conscious that late summer time is an opportunity for folks to get pleasure from summer time actions earlier than fall arrives later in September,” stated Col. Matthew Packard, Chief of the CSP. “Sadly, we see a spike in impaired driving deadly crashes through the summer time. These events can simply finish with a deadly crash because of the careless and fully preventable resolution to drive impaired. Please maintain your family members accountable to assist maintain our roads a protected place to journey.”
This yr, there have been 133 site visitors fatalities which have concerned a suspected impaired driver. That’s 36% of all site visitors fatalities thus far this yr. Counties with the best variety of impaired fatalities are: Denver (14), Adams (12), Arapahoe (11), Jefferson (11), El Paso (10), and Pueblo (10). Final yr 212 site visitors fatalities concerned a suspected impaired driver on Colorado roads in 2020. There have been 622 site visitors fatalities general. Information from earlier years in included within the chart beneath.
Throughout the identical enforcement interval final yr, 104 taking part regulation enforcement companies arrested 694 impaired drivers. Native regulation enforcement company plans and arrest outcomes throughout the state may be discovered at https://www.codot.gov/safety/
“Selecting when to get behind the wheel could be a life or demise resolution,” stated CDOT’s Workplace of Transportation Security Director Darrell Lingk. “When alcohol or marijuana is current, there’s at all times a option to make, and the choice impacts extra folks than simply the motive force. Please be aware of the choice at hand to by no means drive impaired — lives rely upon it.”
For yearly impaired-driving crash and fatality knowledge in Colorado, go to https://www.codot.gov/safety/
About The Warmth is On
The CDOT Freeway Security Workplace supplies funding to Colorado regulation enforcement for impaired driving enforcement, training and consciousness campaigns. The Warmth Is On marketing campaign runs all year long, with 16 particular high-visibility impaired driving enforcement intervals centered on nationwide holidays and enormous public occasions. Enforcement intervals can embrace sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and extra regulation enforcement on obligation devoted to impaired driving enforcement. Discover extra particulars in regards to 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 may be discovered at NoDUIColorado.org. Be taught extra about CDOT’s dedication to maintaining Colorado roads protected, together with impaired driving enforcement targets, arrest knowledge and security data at codot.gov/safety.
CDOT’s Whole System-Whole Safety program has one easy mission — to get everybody house safely. Our roughly 3,000 workers work tirelessly to cut back the speed and severity of crashes and enhance the protection of all modes of transportation. The division manages greater than 23,000 lane miles of freeway, greater than 3,000 bridges and 35 mountain passes. CDOT additionally manages grant partnerships with a variety of companies, together with metropolitan planning organizations, native governments and airports. It additionally operates Bustang, the state-owned interregional specific bus service. Gov. Jared Polis has charged CDOT to additional construct on the state’s intermodal mobility choices.