A police crackdown over the three-day Memorial Day Weekend resulted in more than 480 arrests for Driving Under the Influence, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation, which tabulates the results. As of Friday afternoon, with the Colorado State Patrol and nearly all of the 90 law enforcement agencies that participated in the special enforcement effort reporting in, the tally stood at 483 arrests. That number is considerably higher than Memorial Day Weekend last year, when 438 people were arrested for alcohol-related driving offenses.
Friday, May 25 marked the official start of the DUI crackdown known as “100 Days of Heat.” During the summer enforcement period, law enforcement agencies engage in saturation patrols, increased patrols and sobriety checkpoints. Last year, more than 2,634 drivers were arrested for impaired driving during the “100 Days.”
The goal of the increased enforcement is to reverse the trend of deadly summer accidents caused by alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers. In 2011, 67 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day in Colorado, CDOT statistics show.
“CDOT will continue to support statewide law enforcement agencies with state and federal grants, as well as with public education campaigns like the “Heat Is On” to help keep drunk and drugged drivers off our roadways,” Darrell Lingk, director of CDOT’s Office of Transportation Safety, said in a press release prior to the start of the Memorial Day enforcement blitz.