Colorado law enforcement makes 543 DUI arrests on Halloween
Sky-Hi Daily News
Halloween turned into a real-life nightmare for those people arrested for DUI over the holiday week.
A total of 543 people were arrested across Colorado and charged with driving under the influence. They were arrested during the annual Halloween “Heat Is On” Campaign by law enforcement agencies to take drinking driver’s off the state’s highways and roads.
In Grand County, Sheriff’s deputies made one DUI arrest during the holiday period.
The Colorado State Patrol and 72 law enforcement agencies participated in the “Heat Is On” Campaign. They made the arrests of the impaired drivers between 6 p.m. Oct. 26 and 3 a.m. Nov. 1.
“It’s extremely disappointing that many drivers still think it is acceptable to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol, despite the consistent message that drunk driving is never acceptable,” said Colonel Mark Trostel, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “As we head into the holiday season, we want to remind everyone to stop and think before making a decision that is not only illegal, but could cost innocent lives.
Drinking and driving do not mix.”
A DUI conviction can cost a driver more than $10,000 dollars, including fines, attorney fees, and increased insurance costs. A first-time DUI offender may also have their driver’s license suspended for one year, and they may be required to attend alcohol treatment classes and perform community service work.
“Getting a DUI isn’t as simple as paying a fine and moving on,” said Pamela Hutton, CDOT Governor’s Representative for Highway Safety. “A DUI conviction can cause serious financial and emotional impacts. Drinking and driving is simply not worth it.”
The Colorado State Patrol lead the state with 113 DUI arrests, followed by the Denver P.D. (68), Colorado Springs P.D. (50), Larimer County S.O (37), Arapahoe County S.O. (22), Lakewood P.D. (16) and Broomfield P.D. (14). The highest number of DUI arrests occurred on Saturday, October 27 with 150 DUI’s.
During last year’s Halloween crackdown, Colorado law enforcement agencies made 562 DUI arrests.
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