DENVER (CBS4) – The Colorado Department of Transportation announced that there were 435 drivers suspected of drinking and driving over Thanksgiving week.

The arrest numbers were up this holiday season, compared with the same time period last year when 363 drivers were arrested for DUI.

“According to preliminary reports, there were five people killed in crashes in the state over the Thanksgiving weekend and four of the fatalities involved suspected drunk drivers,” CDOT said in a statement.

“It’s unfortunate anytime we have traffic fatalities, but it is especially hard to see during the holiday season,” said Col. James Wolfinbarger, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “Plan ahead now for your holiday office parties and family gatherings — designate a sober driver, take public transportation or call a cab. Don’t make the mistake these 435 drivers made over Thanksgiving. Be responsible and find a safe ride home. And always remember to wear your seat belt.”

The special holiday Heat is On enforcement continues through Jan. 2.

Colorado drivers can find tips on how to plan a safe and sober holiday party, find overnight parking locations and public transportation options by visiting CDOT has also launched a new Facebook page ( with an interactive game featuring an office holiday party with Santa’s elves.

For detailed reports on DUI arrest totals and enforcement plans by agency, visit


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