The Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and more than 70 local law enforcement agencies throughout the state will be banning together to look for and arrest drunk drivers this week, officials at the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) have announced.
Carrying out the Halloween segment of The Heat Is On campaign, authorities will be running increased patrols, as well as some DUI checkpoints, to try to nab impaired motorists and prevent accidents through Monday (11/2).
Commenting on this DUI crackdown, Darrell Lingk, Director of the CDOT’s Office of Transportation Safety, has stated:
Halloween this year falls on a Saturday, so it’s likely some adults will be out partying and celebrating that night…With children also out trick-or-treating that evening, it’s imperative we keep impaired drivers off the streets.
In line with Lingk’s remarks, Col. Scott Hernandez, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol (CSP), has explained that:
We’re asking Colorado motorists who choose to drink to do so responsibly and help keep our roadways safe while celebrating Halloween…But they should know if they choose to drive impaired, they are a danger to themselves and others on our roadways, and they will be arrested.
Scary DUI Statistics from CDOT & the NHTSA
- More than 40 percent of the deadly auto accidents that occur on Halloween involve drunk drivers.
- About 1 in every 4 fatal pedestrian accidents that occurs on Halloween involves a drunk driver.
- Although there has been a downward trend in DUI arrests in Colorado over the past two years, there was still an average of 378 people arrested during the Halloween DUI enforcement periods in 2013 and 2014.
- While most Halloween DUI arrests from the past few years were made by CSP, Denver Police Department has consistently made the second highest number of DUI arrests.
How to Avoid a Halloween DUI
If you plan on celebrating Halloween this year with alcohol, you can avoid a DUI by:
- Figuring out your ride or plans before you start drinking alcohol if possible.
- Taking a cab or using a ride sharing service after drinking.
- Staying with a friend, the host of the party or at a nearby motel/hotel for the evening instead of driving.
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