DUI enforcement stepped up on St. Patrick’s Day | SummitDaily.com

DUI enforcement stepped up on St. Patrick’s Day

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SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit County Sheriff’s Office and Dillon Police Department are increasing patrols through Thursday at 3 a.m. as part of a statewide “Heat Is On” crackdown on drunken driving.

Last year in Colorado, three people were killed in alcohol-related crashes during the St. Patrick’s Day enforcement period – and 668 drunken driving arrests were made, according to a Colorado Department of Transportation press release.

“We want people to have a good time, but we’re also encouraging people to designate a sober driver before the first pint is poured. … The last thing you want is to end up in jail and spend thousands of dollars on a bad decision,” Colorado State Patrol chief Col. James Wolfinbarger said in the press release.

The average DUI costs $10,270 including fines, defense fees and an insurance premium increase.

To view agency DUI enforcement plans, visit http://www.heatisoncolorado.com and choose “Heat Is On Enforcement Plans” on the quick links.

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