The heat is on, and we’re not talking about the weather (at all – it’s pretty chilly out there). No, we’re talking about Colorado’s high-visibility DUI enforcement campaign, The Heat Is On.
The program combines periods of increased DUI enforcement, typically around holidays, and a strong campaign for public awareness for the problem of DUI. For the program’s duration, Colorado police increase patrols and create additional DUI checkpoints to ensure public safety. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) allows for these increased periods of enforcement via grants to law enforcement agencies.
The program runs 12 times a year and most recently covered Super Bowl weekend. Between 6 p.m. Jan. 30 and 3 a.m. February 2, 234 DUI arrests were made. Of those, over a quarter happened on Super Bowl Sunday.
These 234 arrests show a drastic decrease from last year’s Super Bowl, when 327 arrests were made. So far, it appears that the program is doing its job.
According to CDOT, Coloradans can expect an equally vigorous enforcement effort during the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day weekend, running from March 13 to March 18. If you plan on celebrating Irish heritage with friends and family that weekend, be sure to drink responsibly. You can refer to last week’s Digital Guide to Getting Home Safe for tips and resources to help keep your celebration safe.
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