Extra DUI Checkpoints Throughout Colorado

By: Rosie Barresi Email
By: Rosie Barresi Email


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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  • by Todd Location: Co Springs on Jun 23, 2007 at 05:06 PM
    Sounds like Dave G got caught a time or two.
  • by D Location: Colorado Springs on Jun 22, 2007 at 02:38 PM
    DUI checkpoints are a disgrace to our Constitution. The last I checked, all Americans are innocent until proven guilty. At a DUI checkpoint, we are stopped with no probable cause, no reasonable suspicion and are only allowed to drive away after proving our innocence. I guess the reality is we are guilty until proven innocent. I can sympathize with the people who have lost loved ones to drunk drivers, yet I wonder how many people die each year due to drivers on cell phones, etc. I do not support drunk driving, but DUI checkpoints should be viewed as what they really are, unconstitutional.
  • by Rob on Jun 22, 2007 at 11:47 AM
    I dont mind being stopped for a second to see if it looks like im drinking and driving. I think any law abiding citizen wouldnt mind either. These things are great. I have also lost a few friends to dui drivers and have to tolerance for that behavior. It always seems in dui crashes the innocent get killed and the drunk lives....
  • by IA Location: COLORADO SPRINGS on Jun 22, 2007 at 11:27 AM
    Not everyone has to blow through a straw. If you don't smell like alcohol or give them a cause of suspicion they let you go right through the line.So why is this so wrong.
  • by Dave G Location: Colorado Springs on Jun 22, 2007 at 09:54 AM
    DUI Checkpoints are entrapment. Whatever happend to probable cause? Just because I happen to be motoring along does not give the police the justification to force me to blow in a straw.
  • by Kelly Location: Colorado Springs on Jun 22, 2007 at 07:43 AM
    I personally knew two people that died in a DUI accident this year, and I am very happy that checkpoints are going to be increased, hopefully many lives in the future can be saved.
  • by Mike Location: Co Springs on Jun 21, 2007 at 04:40 PM
    Catch them then take their license and impound their vehicles. That is the ONLY way they'll learn!
  • by Frank Location: Fountain, CO on Jun 21, 2007 at 04:10 PM
    It is a S-U-P-E-R, I know that all of you are doing a great job. Thanks a million P.S. I really don't mind being stop.
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