Statewide DUI crackdown starts tonight |

Statewide DUI crackdown starts tonight

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colorado ” Last year seven people died in alcohol-related driving fatalities in Garfield County.

In Colorado, 226 died in alcohol-related crashes last year. Between Aug. 17 and Sept. 4, 16 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes in Colorado ” nearly one person every day. In 2006, 13,470 died in alcohol-related crashes in the U.S. and many more were injured.

The Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Department of Transportation and local law enforcement agencies are campaigning against drunk driving and plan to step up DUI enforcement. The CSP announced an “intensive 18-day enforcement” and “DUI crackdown” starting tonight and continuing through Sept. 2.

“As we head into the final weeks of summer before Labor Day, more people will be out traveling and celebrating, and unfortunately some will choose to commit a crime by getting behind the wheel after drinking,” said Pamela Hutton, CDOT Governor’s Representative for Highway Safety, in a news release. “Law enforcement agencies across the state will beef up enforcement of our impaired driving laws to keep these dangerous drivers off the roads and save lives.”

During last year’s crackdown period, Colorado law enforcement made 1,739 DUI arrests, the CSP said in a news release. The annual effort is organized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This year’s effort includes $11 million in national advertising aimed at discouraging drunk driving.

Anyone can call star-CSP (*277) to report a suspected drunk driver. The call is free from cell phones.

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