As part of “The Heat is On” campaign, instituted earlier this year by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the Colorado State Patrol and law enforcement agencies throughout the state plan on increased DUI enforcement from yesterday (November 26), through Monday, December 2.
According to the CDOT, the same weekend last year saw 563 DUI arrests throughout the state and five alcohol-related fatalities. All five fatalities were men between the ages of 18 and 34. This year, as part of the heightened awareness and enforcement campaign, the CDOT has provided financial grants to law enforcement agencies statewide to conduct overtime DUI enforcement.
“The Heat Is On” campaign runs throughout the year with 12 specific DUI enforcement periods centered on national holidays and large public events. The Thanksgiving weekend is the first of three periods targeted by the CDOT for the upcoming holiday season.
Colonel Scott Hernandez, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol advises that law enforcement will be out “in force.”
Jay Tiftickjian, a Denver-based DUI attorney, says he would much rather have people think about the consequences of drunk driving before going out of the house. “I hope people are responsible this weekend,” he says. “It is better to get home safe than to have to call my office on Monday morning with a DUI arrest, or worse.”