July Enforcement Periods Yield 738 DUI Arrests

Traffic Safety Pulse News

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and local agencies teamed up to conduct two enforcement periods to protect Coloradans from impaired drivers this summer. This effort was part of CDOT’s The Heat Is On campaign to draw increased awareness to alcohol-impaired driving in Colorado. 

During the recent Fourth of July enforcement period, 92 agencies increased patrols from July 3-8 and arrested 311 impaired drivers, a decrease from the 340 arrests made during the same enforcement last year. 

  • El Paso County Sheriff's Office (47 arrests)
  • Colorado Springs Police Department (35 arrests)
  • Denver Police Department (19 arrests) 
  • Colorado State Patrol (44 arrests)


The inaugural Summer Strikeout enforcement period included 92 agencies with increased patrols from July 19-29 and arrested 458 impaired drivers. The highest arrest totals came from:

  • El Paso County Sheriff's Office (48 arrests)
  • Colorado Springs Police Department (40 arrests)
  • Larimer County Sheriff's Office (33 arrests)
  • Colorado State Patrol (49 arrests)


Results for all law enforcement agencies across the state can be found at http://codot.gov/safety/traffic-safety-reporting-portal.

As part of this year’s The Heat Is On campaign, CDOT will again partner with BACtrack, a leading personal and professional breathalyzer company, to urge Coloradans to check their blood-alcohol content (BAC) to confirm they are sober before they drive or ride. Through the partnership, breathalyzers will be offered at a 50 percent discount for Colorado residents from July to September, or while supplies last. Residents can visit codot.bactrack.com to place an order.