Nearly 1,200 cited during DUI Labor Day crackdown in Colorado

DENVER (KKTV) - Nearly 1,200 people were cited during the latest The Heat Is On campaign in Colorado. The campaign aims to crackdown on drunk drivers.

“Summer is one of the busiest seasons for law enforcement, especially as it relates to DUI arrests and impaired fatalities,” said Darrell Lingk, director of the Office of Transportation Safety at CDOT. “While summer is coming to an end, the emphasis on preventing impaired driving is still a top priority across the state as fall approaches.”

Altogether, 1,184 people were cited for impaired driving during the crackdown. Colorado Springs police arrested 106 people, the highest number of arrests out of the 121 agencies in Colorado that took part in the crackdown which ran from Aug. 18 through Sept. 5.

The next crackdown will be a five-week Fall Festivals DUI enforcement period starting on Friday. Officials say fall brings football games, tailgates and beer festivals, along with other events traditionally linked to alcohol consumption. Last year, 1,498 drivers were arrested for DUI during the fall enforcement period.

“CSP and local law enforcement have zero tolerance for impaired drivers,” said Col. Scott Hernandez, chief of the CSP. “Holding friends and family accountable for driving impaired could save their lives, or the lives of other drivers and pedestrians on Colorado’s roads. One impaired driver can drastically change the lives of many people.”

CDOT has also launched a new campaign intended to supply Coloradans with their own breathalyzers, so drivers can check that they are safe enough to drive before starting that ignition. The department says it's teaming up with personal breathalyzer company BACtrack to offer 20 percent off products through the end of the month.

For more information, visit HeatIsOnColorado.com or BACtrack.com and use the code "CDOT" for a 20 percent discount and free shipping.