Extra law enforcement patrolling for DUIs

Colorado State Patrol says if you are pulled over for drinking, you will be arrested, have to do a chemical test, will have your vehicle impounded, and will have to pay up to about $13,000 in fines and fees.
Published: Jul. 4, 2022 at 9:06 PM MDT|Updated: Jul. 5, 2022 at 4:55 AM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Colorado State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies across the state are monitoring the streets for drunk drivers.

Troopers tell 11 News this is the time of year when they pull over an increased amount of impaired drivers. Trooper Josh Lewis with the Colorado State Patrol tells 11 News if you are pulled over for drinking, you will be arrested, have to do a chemical test, will have your vehicle impounded, and will have to pay up to about $13,000 in fines and fees.

Law enforcement across the state have been out in full force since the evening of the 1st in anticipation of more drunk drivers on the road celebrating the holiday weekend. Some law enforcement agencies, like the Colorado Springs Police Department, tell 11 News they doubled up on their DUI enforcement all weekend long.

According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, in 2021, law enforcement across 94 agencies were patrolling the roads across the state. Altogether, they arrested 171 impaired drivers; 34 of these arrests were by the Colorado Springs Police Department.

CDOT reports El Paso County as having the third highest impaired driving fatalities in the state. Lewis tells 11 News this can always be prevented.

“It’s too far too serious of a poor decision to make,” Lewis said. “It is a decision. Every time somebody gets behind the wheel after they have been consuming something and they make that selfish choice for themselves and other people, they put so many people at risk. It’s a choice, but it’s a bad choice.”

Lewis recommends having a buddy system as you go out tonight. Take an Uber or Lyft if you have had too much to drink. Lewis tells 11 News if you take the chance of drinking intoxicated and get pulled over, you will go to jail.

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