Presidents Day weekend Heat Is On DUI campaign is underway in Colorado.

Vigilance by law enforcement against impaired drivers is underway Friday and efforts will remain heightened through the Presidents Day weekend.

The Colorado State Patrol, local law enforcement and the Colorado Department of Transportation are partnering on this holiday weekend’s Heat Is On DUI campaign, according to a news release.

Preliminary 2022 data shows that of the 33 people killed in traffic crashes this year, 16 (48%) deaths have involved an impaired driver.

“Impaired driving is an issue of increasing concern for the Colorado State Patrol and CDOT,” said Col. Matthew Packard, chief of the CSP, in the release. “It’s one of the most selfish decisions anyone can make when they get behind the wheel impaired. Remove the guesswork — if you plan to drink, plan for a sober ride. Once you’ve consumed too much, chances are low you’ll make the right choice to not drive.”

Drivers this weekend can expect increased sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and additional law enforcement on duty dedicated to impaired driving enforcement.

The Presidents Day weekend heightened enforcement will run through Monday and comes a week after the Super Bowl Heat Is On DUI campaign in which 77 participating law enforcement agencies in Colorado reported 89 arrests. The 2021 Super Bowl DUI campaign wrapped up with 188 arrests among 97 participating agencies.

“It’s our shared responsibility to prevent impaired (driving) in Colorado,” said CDOT’s Darrell Lingk. “If you have a designated driver, make sure they are truly sober, not simply less drunk than you are. Buzzed driving is drunk driving, and any amount of alcohol or cannabis in your system puts you at risk for a DUI.”

 

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