Police planning DUI saturation patrols | AspenTimes.com

Police planning DUI saturation patrols

Aspen Times staff
Aspen, CO Colorado

ROARING FORK VALLEY ” Law enforcement agencies, including some in the Roaring Fork Valley, will run saturation patrols looking for drunk drivers over an 18-day period beginning Friday, Aug. 15.

A notice from the Colorado Department of Transportation said the Colorado agencies are participating in a national effort called “Drunk Driving: Over the Limit, Under Arrest.” The special patrols looking for driving under the influence arrests will continue until Sept. 2.

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and the Glenwood Springs office of the Colorado State Patrol are among the participants in the program. The state patrol plans saturation patrols for alcohol impaired drivers between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. from Aug. 15 to Sept. 2, according to a CDOT website about the program. In addition, the state patrol will help with special patrols in Eagle County on Aug. 29-31.

Last year there were 16 people killed in alcohol-related crashes in Colorado between Aug. 17 and Sept. 4. For the whole year, 226 people died in the state in alcohol-related crashes, according to state patrol statistics.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is coordinating a program that combines increased enforcement of DUI laws with a high-visibility awareness campaign.

During a similar national crackdown in late summer last year, 1,739 arrests were made in Colorado for DUI.