Colorado Springs has most citations during Colorado DUI enforcement event

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Colorado Springs police handed out the most citations out of city police across Colorado during a Spring DUI enforcement period. Another DUI enforcement period is on the horizon.

Colorado State Patrol alongside statewide law enforcement agencies cited 1,708 impaired drivers during the Colorado Department of Transportation’s five-week enforcement period from April 5 to May 13. CDOT says the point of the campaign is to encourage people to make smart decisions and avoid impaired driving.

More than 100 agencies participated in the enforcement period, citing individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or other drugs during the enforcement.

CITIES WITH THE MOST CITATIONS:
1. Colorado Springs - 174
2. Denver - 170
3. Aurora 91
(NOTE: Colorado State Patrol made 210 arrests across the state)

“Drugs and alcohol reduce the function of the brain, impairing thinking, reasoning and muscle coordination – all of which are essential to safely operating a vehicle,” said Col. Matthew Packard, Chief of the CSP. “The CSP hopes that drivers will always choose designated drivers or alternative modes of transportation and watch out for friends and family who should not be driving. We want everyone to get home safely and not endanger themselves or those around them.”

The next enforcement period is May 24 and will continue through May 28.

ABOUT "THE HEAT IS ON" DUI ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN
About The Heat Is On
The CDOT Highway Safety Office provides funding to Colorado law enforcement for impaired driving enforcement, education and awareness campaigns.?The Heat Is On?campaign runs throughout the year, with 15 specific high-visibility impaired driving enforcement periods centered on national holidays and large public events. Enforcement periods can include sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and additional law enforcement on duty dedicated to impaired driving enforcement. Find more details about the campaign, including impaired-driving enforcement plans, arrest totals and safety tips by clicking here.

To heighten safety awareness, CDOT recently announced its Whole System, Whole Safety initiative. This project takes a systematic statewide approach to safety combining the benefits of CDOT’s programs that address driving behavior, the built environment and the organization’s operations. The goal is to improve the safety of Colorado’s transportation network by reducing the rate and severity of crashes and improving safety conditions for those traveling by all transportation modes. The program has one simple mission - to get everyone home safely.