DENVER (CBS4)– Police and law enforcement across Colorado arrested more than 560 people during the annual Halloween “Heat Is On” DUI crackdown.
Colorado State Patrol and dozens of other agencies arrested 564 Colorado drivers for DUIs across the state.
The crackdown began at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 and lasted until Thursday, Nov. 1.
The highest number of arrests were in Denver, with 72. In Colorado Springs, 46 DUI arrests were made, followed by Aurora, 42, Adams County, 33 and Fort Collins, 29 as the top five areas with the highest number of impaired driving violations over the holiday weekend.
“It is very discouraging that 564 motorists in Colorado chose to drive impaired when celebrating with alcohol,” said Col. James Wolfinbarger, Chief of the CSP. “It’s not a complicated message: ‘Don’t drink and drive.’ The second part of the message is ‘Always designate a sober driver if drinking, or arrange for another safe way to travel.’ Driving impaired anytime is not only illegal, but extremely irresponsible as it can lead to tragic consequences for themselves and for other motorists on our roads. And, always remember to buckle up.”
Halloween enforcement came on the heels of the Fall Festival enforcement period that began Sept. 7 and ended Oct. 22. CSP and local agencies arrested 2,203 people for DUI during that time period. The next Heat Is On crackdown occurs during Thanksgiving week from Nov. 20 through Nov. 26.