Cops arrest 12 on suspicion of DUIs during Memorial Day weekend
SUMMIT COUNTY ” The Summit County Sheriff’s Department arrested 12 people on suspicion of driving while intoxicated over the Memorial Day weekend, part of a statewide push that netted 558 suspected drunk drivers.
Arrests were down 27 percent from 2007, when there were 766 arrests over the same weekend, according to preliminary results filed with the Colorado Department of Transportation.
Statewide there were eight fatal crashes resulting in 16 fatalities over the Memorial Day Weekend, according to the Colorado State Patrol. Ten of the victims were not wearing seatbelts.
A new DUI enforcement tactic highlighting 28 Heat Hot Spots, or areas of focus for DUI enforcement, was implemented over the holiday weekend.
The Hot Spots were selected by local law enforcement agencies based on roadways that have historically high DUI arrests or crashes.
The goal was to deter potential impaired drivers by being highly visible within their communities.
“Between the DUI Hot Spot enforcements, ongoing public-education messages that scream that drinking and driving is a crime and the fact that more motorists stayed off the highways while celebrating the holiday this year, we have fewer DUI arrests than in previous years,” said Col. Mark Trostel, chief of the state patrol.
“It is our ongoing goal to keep drinking drivers off our highways and to have a designated driver for anyone that has been drinking,” he said.
The CSP recorded the highest number of DUI arrests with 175.
The following agencies also reported a high number of DUI arrests:
– Denver Police Department (57);
– Colorado Springs Police Department (55);
– Aurora Police Department (26);
– Larimer County Sheriff’s Office (18);
– Thornton Police Department (16);
– Boulder Police Department (15);
– Greeley Police Department (15);
– Northglenn Police Department (14);
– Adams County Sheriff’s Office (12).
The holiday enforcement period began at 6 p.m. Friday, May 23, and ended at 3 a.m. on Tuesday, May 27.
The next Heat Is On! enforcement period will be the July 4th holiday weekend.
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