Coloradans are being urged to drink responsibly this week and plan ahead for a sober ride as part of a St Patrick’s Day DUI enforcement period.

The Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol and local law enforcement is running the campaign until March 18.

“Historical trends tell us that more people drink alcohol in the days leading up to St Patrick’s Day, therefore we will be prepared for an increase in impaired drivers,” said Chief Matthew Packard, Colorado State Patrol.

“It’s not worth the risk – there are plenty of alternatives to driving impaired, and we encourage all Coloradans to plan for sober rides.”

Almost 100 law enforcement agencies will increase DUI patrols during the 2021 St Patrick’s Day DUI enforcement period. The 2020 St Patrick’s Day DUI enforcement period resulted in the arrest of 195 impaired drivers.