Summer DUI crackdown begins today |

Summer DUI crackdown begins today

The Colorado State Patrol and law enforcement agencies across the state are beginning an intensive DUI crackdown that starts Memorial weekend and continues through Labor Day. The goal of the “100 Days of Heat” campaign is to save lives by deterring people from driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and arresting those who do.

In 2009, 191 people were killed in alcohol-related fatalities in the state, representing 41 percent of all traffic fatalities in Colorado. Nearly one-third of the alcohol-related deaths last year occurred between Memorial Weekend and Labor Day. Seventy-two percent of those killed were male and half were young people age 17 to 34.

During last year’s “100 Days of Heat” enforcement, law enforcement made 3,531 DUI arrests during summer enforcement periods. Also in 2009, alcohol-related fatalities dropped 17 percent between Memorial Weekend and Labor Day, compared to the same time-period in 2008. Last year also marked the first time alcohol-related fatalities have dropped below 200 in Colorado.

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