DUI enforcement push begins Memorial weekend | SummitDaily.com

DUI enforcement push begins Memorial weekend

Sgt. Tim Maestas writes out a speeding ticket after clocking a motorist going 85 in a 60 mph zone on I-70. One of the main goals of the Colorado State Patrol is to control the speed of motorists as 40,000 people die in traffic accidents each year, making it the number one cause of death for ages 1-35 in the U.S.

SUMMIT COUNTY ” The unofficial start of summer kicks off this Memorial Day Weekend with a renewed push to enforce the state’s impaired driving laws, announced the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). Local law enforcement agencies across the state and the Colorado State Patrol will be out in force over the weekend as part of the Heat Is On campaign with increased DUI patrols, saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints. The Memorial Day Weekend enforcement period begins at 6 p.m. Friday, May 25 and ends at 3 a.m. Tuesday, May 29.

According to preliminary data, 41 percent of all traffic fatalities in Colorado last year involved alcohol, resulting in the deaths of 217 people. Nearly 76 percent of those fatalities were men, and 17 percent were under age 21. Sixteen percent of alcohol-related crashes involved motorcycles, and 13 percent were pedestrians.

Specifically, Summit County is one of 57 Colorado law enforcement agencies to receive a LEAF grant, which will allow for increased DUI enforcement throughout the summer.

Don’t be another statistic this holiday weekend!

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