Today CDOT kicks off first DUI enforcement period of 2023

News Release

January 12, 2023 - Statewide - Alcohol was a major factor in many fatal crashes in 2022

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Statewide — The new year has come, but there’s still time for sober-driving resolutions. Whether you’re calling a friend to come pick you up or you’re the friend answering the phone, start the conversation about impaired driving. From Jan. 12–25, the Colorado Department of Transportation, the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and local law enforcement agencies are kicking off the first of 16 DUI enforcement periods this year with increased DUI patrols. The campaign is called Winter Blitz DUI enforcement.

There were 271 impaired driving fatalities on Colorado roads in 2022, an increase from the 255 lives lost in 2021. The counties with the highest number of fatalities involving an impaired driver were: Adams, El Paso, and Arapahoe counties.

2022 Impaired Driving Fatalities by Highest County. Statewide total is 271, Adams County is 35, El Paso County is 27, Arapahoe County is 21, Denver County is 20, Jefferson County is 18, Pueblo County is 18 and Weld County is 15.

“There is no reason to get behind the wheel while impaired,” said Col. Matthew C. Packard, chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “Even if you think you are okay to drive, it only takes one poor choice to make a life-altering decision that can end in a fatal crash. The lives lost in 2022 due to impaired driving could have been spared. We need to do better this year — lives depend on it.”

Among the 736 fatalities on Colorado roads in 2022, impaired driving was a leading contributing factor, with alcohol being the most common drug involved.

“Take a moment this year to reflect on your choices and pledge to never drive impaired in 2023,” said CDOT’s Office of Transportation Safety Director Darrell Lingk. “Find a designated driver, a Lyft or Uber, whatever it is — just make sure your ride to and from your destination is safe and sober.”

The recent New Year’s Eve enforcement period saw 143 arrests across 77 participating agencies. The agencies with the highest number of arrests were Colorado State Patrol (32), Colorado Springs Police Department (23) and Fort Collins Police Department (8). The total number of DUI arrests from 2022 heightened enforcement periods was 4,507.

For yearly impaired-driving crash and fatality data in Colorado, visit For local law enforcement agency plans, visit

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 More information about DUI laws in Colorado can be found at Learn more about CDOT’s dedication to keeping Colorado roads safe, including impaired driving enforcement objectives, arrest data and safety information at