Law enforcement beefs up patrol across state
DENVER – Colorado State Patrol and law enforcement agencies are stepping up DUI enforcement leading into the New Year, the Colorado Department of Transportation announced Thursday.The holiday “Heat Is On” enforcement begins 6 p.m. on Friday and will end 3 a.m. Wednesday. State patrol and more than 70 agencies throughout Colorado filed plans for increased patrols or saturation points through the holiday.”It’s a fact, drinking and driving don’t mix for anyone, regardless of age or life experience,” Col. Mark Trostel, chief of CSP, said in a press release. “Defensive driving is key and you should always be aware of the other drivers on the road.Trostel also advises drivers and passengers to buckle up because it could prevent possible injuries or death. “If celebrating with alcohol, plan ahead and designate a sober driver or take alternate transportation. Law enforcement will be out in force to keep our highways safe from impaired drivers,” he added.During last year’s New Year’s Eve enforcement period, 449 people were arrested for DUI in the state and there were no alcohol related fatalities.
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