Colorado turns up heat on drunken drivers |

Colorado turns up heat on drunken drivers

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

Law enforcement agencies in the valley and across the state plan to turn up the heat on drunken drivers in the next few days.

An enhanced enforcement period is to begin at 6 p.m. Friday and continue through 3 a.m. Wednesday, the Colorado State Patrol said. Among some of the agencies that plan to up patrols are the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and Basalt Police Department.

The state patrol also plans saturation patrols in many areas, including Glenwood Springs.

For travelers headed west, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department, Grand Junction Police Department and state patrol in Fruita plan to set up drunken-driving checkpoints March 17, authorities said.

The idea is to encourage revelers to plan ahead and use a designated driver over the St. Patrick’s Day period.

At the same time last year, more than 500 people were arrested statewide for allegedly driving under the influence.

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