Colorado Springs tops Memorial Day weekend DUI arrests in Colorado

Published: Jun. 12, 2018 at 9:26 AM MDT
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Out of 102 participating law enforcement agencies across the state of Colorado, Colorado Springs saw the most DUI arrests over the Memorial Day weekend enforcement period.

Statewide, 300 arrests were made for suspected impaired driving between May 25 and May 29. Out of those arrests, 25 were by Colorado Springs police, followed by 22 arrests by Denver police and with Aurora finishing the top three with 17 arrests.

Still, the numbers were a decrease from last year's enforcement period that saw 332 arrests.

“The number of impaired drivers arrested over Memorial Day weekend is an ongoing reminder of the risk impaired drivers impose to our state,” said Col. Matthew Packard, chief of the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) in a release. “The Heat Is On enforcement periods help stop impaired drivers from putting both themselves and others in danger, and potentially save lives.”

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) said there is an average of 77 impaired drivers arrested in Colorado each day.

“We see an alarming trend of increasing road fatalities heading into the summer months, with 31 percent of all 2017 Colorado road fatalities occurring in June, July and August,” said Darrell Lingk, director of the Office of Transportation Safety at CDOT in a release. “Some people think getting behind the wheel after one or two drinks is acceptable, but that isn’t the case. Even a few alcoholic drinks can impair your ability to drive — it’s simply not worth the risk.”

The next DUI enforcement period by CDOT and CSP will begin June 15 during the 10-day Summer Blitz campaign.