A spring enforcement campaign is underway in Colorado to target motorists driving under the influence.
To remind the traveling public to stay responsible on state roads and highways during their spring plans, the Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol and local law enforcement agencies will conduct the DUI enforcement period until May 10.
Last year’s campaign resulted in 468 DUI arrests. This year, 84 law enforcement agencies are planning to increase DUI patrols.
“As temperatures warm and more Coloradans are vaccinated, we expect more people to be on our roadways,” said Chief Matthew Packard, Colorado State Patrol.
“Everyone is eager to get back to normal, but this isn’t an excuse to be careless if consuming alcohol, marijuana, or other drugs. Make a plan before you consume an impairing substance. Your decision boils down to being responsible or being reckless. Never put an innocent life in harm’s way.”
Last year, impaired drivers were involved in nearly 33 percent of all fatal crashes in Colorado. This resulted in the deaths of 208 roadway users in the state, including pedestrians, motorcyclists and drivers.
As of March 31, 2021, 34 fatalities in Colorado have involved an impaired driver this year. This is a decrease from the 40 fatalities that occurred between January 1 – March 31, 2020.