12:56 pm - Friday September 22, 2017

Arrests for DUI over Super Bowl Weekend

Super Bowl XLVII weekend DUI arrests were higher than any
past Super Bowl weekend since the statewide DUI enforcement period was
introduced in 2009. And according to preliminary reports there was one
alcohol-related fatality in the state during this year’s enforcement
period, which ran from Friday, February 1 to Monday, February 4.

“It’s clear that there is much more work to be done to educate
Coloradans on drinking and driving,” said Colorado State Patrol
Captain Jeff Goodwin. “Even though we urged people to plan ahead, at
least 421 people put both themselves and others in danger when they
made the decision to drive under the influence. Now they are facing
fines and costs totaling $10,270.”

More than 100 law enforcement agencies across the state arrested 421
drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
138 of those arrests took place on Super Bowl Sunday. The highest
number of arrests over the three-day enforcement period took place in
Denver (54), Aurora (32) and Colorado Springs (28). The numbers are up
considerably when compared with 2012 when 275 arrests were made. There
were 303 DUI arrests during the 2011 Super Bowl enforcement period.

Coloradans can expect even tougher DUI enforcement during the next
enforcement period over St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The next Heat is On
DUI crackdown begins Friday, March 15 and lasts through Monday, March
18.

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