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

News Release

November 8, 2022 - Statewide - 11 people have been killed by impaired drivers in Larimer County this year

Fort Collins — On Saturday Nov. 12, the annual game between the Colorado State University Rams and the University of Wyoming Cowboys takes place in Fort Collins at 5 p.m. 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.

One third of fatal crashes in Colorado involve an impaired driver. According to preliminary data from the Colorado Department of Transportation, there have been 27 fatalities on Larimer County roads this year and 11 of those fatalities involved impaired drivers.

Ahead of the game this year law enforcement are working to get out the safe driving message with this public service announcement: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Htg7CI8A64uvLH9NNIEIKXLEL07y96Kc/view

Chief Packard (center) of CSP is joined by other regional law enforcement agencies at Canvas Stadium to promote a traffic safety message at the upcoming Border War game

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.

"This rivalry matchup always brings out the crowds and that also means law enforcement to ensure safety isn't forgotten on our roadways,” said Col. Matthew C. Packard, chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “Whether you prefer green and gold, brown and gold, or a shade of blue, we all need to be on the same sober team when driving! Let's enjoy a great game and get home safely from this year's Border War game.”

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

“Nobody wants their good times on game day to be ruined by a DUI,” said Darrell Lingk, Director of the CDOT’s Highway Safety Office. “But keeping our roads safe from impaired drivers is more important. So, play it safe and designate a sober driver to and from the game.”

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/data-analysis/fatal-crash-data.

About the Heat is On

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