Super Bowl weekend DUI arrest numbers are down for the second year in a row, and according to preliminary reports there were no alcohol-related …
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Super Bowl weekend DUI arrest numbers are down for the second
year in a row, and according to preliminary reports there were no
alcohol-related fatalities in the state during the enforcement
period, which ran from Friday, Feb. 3 to Monday, Feb. 6th. Colorado
Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Colorado State Patrol (CSP)
officials say the decline in arrests may be attributed to the snow
storm on Feb. 3rd with more people deciding to stay home to
celebrate the big game.
More than 66 law enforcement agencies across the state arrested
274 drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or
drugs; 125 of those arrests took place on Super Bowl Sunday. The
highest number of arrests over the three day enforcement period
took place in Denver (33), Colorado Springs (26) and Aurora (21).
The numbers are down considerably when compared with 2010 when 371
arrests were made. There were 303 DUI arrests during the 2011 Super
Bowl enforcement period.
"The numbers were down overall, but we still saw the biggest
number of arrests on Super Bowl Sunday," said Colonel James
Wolfinbarger, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. "Even though we
urged people to plan ahead, at least 274 drivers still didn't get
the message. Now they are facing fines and costs totaling $10,270.
It's time people start listening. Drinking and driving is against
the law, it endangers lives and if you do it you will get
With St. Patrick's Day on a Saturday this year, expect even
tougher DUI enforcement. The ‘Heat Is On DUI' crackdown heats up
again Friday, March 16 through Monday, March 19.
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