DUI Enforcement Coming to Hwy. 287 and I-25 for CSU Game on Saturday

News Release

November 4, 2021 - Northeastern Colorado - Six people killed by impaired drivers in Larimer County this year

Fort Collins — On Saturday Nov. 6, the annual game between the University of Wyoming Cowboys and the Colorado State University Rams takes place in Laramie. To help ensure that fans traveling back and forth to the game are safe, law enforcement agencies from Colorado and Wyoming will be teaming up as part of a multi-state, multi-agency DUI enforcement operation on I-25 and Highway 287 in Colorado.

According to preliminary data from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), there have been 33 fatalities on Larimer County roads this year and six of those fatalities involved impaired drivers.

Coordinated enforcement efforts will take place in Albany County and Laramie County in Wyoming as well as Larimer County in Colorado. The high visibility campaign will occur before, during and after the game.

The focus of the enforcement will be a 65 mile stretch of US Highway 287 between Ft. Collins and Laramie Wyoming. Interstate 25 between Cheyenne and Ft Collins will also be patrolled. Agencies will use saturation patrols to target dangerous drivers under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

Motorists are advised to call law enforcement, such as *277 for Colorado State Patrol, to report unsafe drivers.   

"Our troopers will be out in force during this campaign helping to keep our roads safe from impaired drivers,” said Col. Matthew Packard, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “The Border War enforcement is critical to enhancing safety on our roadways for all motorists.

Agencies involved in Colorado include the Colorado State Patrol, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Collins Police Department, and the Loveland Police Department.

Agencies involved in Wyoming include the Wyoming Highway Patrol, Laramie Police Department, Albany County Sheriff’s Office, University of Wyoming Police Department, Laramie County Sheriff’s Office, and Cheyenne Police Department.

“One third of fatal crashes in Colorado involve an impaired driver,” said Darrell Lingk, Director of the CDOT’s Office of Highway Safety. “Impaired drivers present a huge danger to all roadway users and if any motorists choose to drive impaired, they will be arrested,” said Lingk. 

The CDOT Highway Safety Office provides funding to Colorado law enforcement for impaired driving enforcement, education and awareness campaigns.

For yearly impaired-driving crash and fatality data in Colorado, visit https://www.codot.gov/safety/traffic-safety/crash-data-management/fatal-crash-data. Information about DUI laws in Colorado can be found at NoDUIColorado.org
About The Heat is On

The Heat Is On campaign runs throughout the year, with 16 specific high-visibility impaired driving enforcement periods centered on national holidays and large public events. Enforcement periods can include sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and additional law enforcement on duty dedicated to impaired driving enforcement. Find more details about the campaign, including impaired driving enforcement plans, arrest totals and safety tips at HeatIsOnColorado.com. More information about DUI laws in Colorado can be found at NoDUIColorado.org. Learn more about CDOT’s dedication to keeping Colorado roads safe, including impaired driving enforcement objectives, arrest data and safety information at codot.gov/safety.
About CDOT

CDOT’s Whole System-Whole Safety program has one simple mission — to get everyone home safely. Our approximately 3,000 employees work tirelessly to reduce the rate and severity of crashes and improve the safety of all modes of transportation. The department manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway, more than 3,000 bridges and 35 mountain passes. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments and airports. It also operates Bustang, the state-owned interregional express bus service. Gov. Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal mobility options.