Checkpoint to seek out drunken drivers Friday |

Checkpoint to seek out drunken drivers Friday

SUMMIT COUNTY – Area law enforcement agencies will join a statewide campaign Friday with a traffic checkpoint aimed at sorting the sober from the soused.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol, Breckenridge Police Department and Frisco Police Department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday night.

The effort is part of DUI Checkpoint Colorado, a joint effort between the state patrol, Colorado Department of Transportation and local law enforcement efforts. The program will fund some 66 checkpoints throughout the summer, including Memorial Day weekend.

“Impaired driving is Colorado’s most serious highway safety problem, and CDOT and its partners are always looking for new ways to take those drivers off the road,” CDOT executive director Tom Norton said in a press release.

The campaign represents a significant increase in DUI enforcement. The largest number of sobriety checkpoints was 19 in 1999. Organizers said the checkpoint program is aimed at reducing alcohol-related traffic deaths. One of the four motor vehicle fatalities in Summit County in 2001 was alcohol-related, according to CDOT figures.

Grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are paying for the program. The agency gave grants totaling $258,000 to fund the checkpoints. Twenty-three checkpoints have been conducted so far this year, resulting in 120 DUI arrests, according to CDOT.

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