DUIs On The Rise In The Springs Over Labor Day Weekend

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As authorities crack down on drunk drivers this holiday weekend, they've found disturbing numbers when compared to previous years.

Springs police say they saw about a 10 percent increase in DUIs this year compared to 2012.

Statewide last year, Colorado State Patrol says more than 1,400 residents were arrested over Labor Day weekend for getting behind the wheel after drinking, and 13 people died in alcohol-related crashes. At this time, we don't know how this year's numbers statewide compare to those statistics.

Labor Day weekend is one of 12 specific DUI enforcement periods in the state of Colorado, and also concludes the annual summer-long crackdown. Other weekends that state authorities amp up patrols include Halloween and the Super Bowl weekend.