Extra DUI Checkpoints Throughout Colorado

By: Rosie Barresi Email
By: Rosie Barresi Email
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More DUI checkpoints will be happening all around Colorado from now until Labor Day.

The state handed out grants to ten different law enforcement agencies, two of them being El Paso County and Pueblo County.

El Paso County got more than $23, 000, while Pueblo County got close to $25,000.

Both counties will be using that money for equipment and to help pay overtime for those officers running the checkpoints.

Last year in Colorado alone, 60 people lost their lives in alcohol related crashes.

"They're a very effective way of reducing the number of DUI related crashes," Sgt. Victor Boley of Pueblo County said.

Most Colorado residents say they don't mind being stopped.

"We've been told that the community enjoys that we do these DUI checkpoints," said Cpt. Jeff Teschner of Pueblo County.

The goal is not to arrest a slew of suspected drunken drivers, but to educate and hopefully prevent someone in the future from getting behind the wheel intoxicated.

"To me, a successful checkpoint is when we get the message out, don't drink and drive," Sgt. Boley said.

During Pueblo County's last checkpoint one person was arrested for suspected DUI.

In El Paso County, 42 people were arrested during their last checkpoint.

Officials say, this grant money will go further than just checkpoints.

"We'll be doing some saturation patrols after we do our minimum of five checkpoints," Sgt. Boley said.

Officials in both counties say DUI fatalities is an issue they take very seriously.

"We are very proactive, we are very aggressive in our D.U.I. enforcement," Cpt. Teschner said.

During the weekend of June 22, a checkpoint will be set up somewhere in the Colorado City/Rye area.

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