Law enforcement advises drivers to celebrate Memorial weekend with safety in mind
May 22, 2015
Law enforcement will saturate the roads starting Friday through May 26 to make sure that people are traveling safely and not under the influence of drugs or alcohol as a part of "The Heat is On" campaign. According to a news release, Memorial Day is notorious for people celebrating in ways that may involve drinking or consuming Marijuana. For the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and law enforcement agencies across the state, it means a rise in impaired driving.
The campaign will place sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and additional law enforcement on duty dedicated to impaired driving enforcement, throughout 12 time periods centered around national holidays and large public events.
Darrell Lingk, Director of the Office of Transportation Safety at wishes to remind all drivers to be safe this weekend.
"CDOT urges everyone across the state to plan ahead and have a safe way home. That cab ride home will be cheaper than a $10,000 DUI. It's simple —if you drink or consume marijuana, don't drive."
The increased presence of law enforcement will kick start Checkpoint Colorado, a 100-plus day summer enforcement period.
The Spring Events DUI ended earlier this month, with a report of 1421 arrests for DUI, compared to the 2014 enforcement period in which 73 agencies reported 1,804 arrests for DUI.
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More details about the campaign, including impaired driving enforcement plans, arrest totals and safety tips can be found at http://www.HeatIsOnColorado.com.