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Drink, drive, get arrested: Thanksgiving DUI enforcement period begins Friday

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Published: Nov. 21, 2019 at 10:43 AM MST
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Colorado Department of Transportation is wishing Coloradans a happy Thanksgiving week but is reminding drivers to make wise choices when indulging.

In recent years, drunk driving has been a huge problem on Colorado roads.

In 2018, 4 out of 5 fatalities during the Thanksgiving travel period (considered to be the Friday before the holiday through the Monday after) involved a drunk driver, a huge jump from 2017 when 40 percent of fatal crashes involved an alcohol-impaired driver.

Nearly 600 drivers last year were arrested statewide for drunk driving in that same travel period.

Starting this Friday and extending through Dec. 2, law enforcement across Colorado will be amping up enforcement efforts hoping to get as many drunk drivers as they can off the streets.

"Impaired drivers put all roadway users at risk and jeopardize CDOT’s core mission to reduce the rate and severity of crashes on Colorado roads,” said Shoshana Lew, executive director of CDOT.

“Law enforcement agencies will closely monitor roads across the state during these enforcement campaigns to ensure everyone gets home safely.”

CDOT wants everyone to eat, drink and be merry this holiday season. Just give your keys to a sober driver or stay in for the night if you decide to have alcohol.

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