Summer Heat Is On Enforcement Totals 2,999 DUI Arrests

Traffic Safety Pulse News

Enjoy summer drive responsiblyBetween Memorial Day and Labor Day, CDOT, Colorado State Patrol (CSP), and local law agencies teamed up for six high visibility enforcement periods to arrest impaired drivers.

A total of 2,999 drivers were arrested as a result of the summer increased impaired driving enforcement periods. This is an 11% increase from the 2,663 arrests made during last year’s summer enforcement periods. The highest number of drivers were cited during the Labor Day enforcement period, with 899 drivers arrested over 18 days. The nearly three-week Labor Day enforcement period is the longest summer enforcement period. Additionally, the highest number of arrests during the summer was made by the Colorado Springs Police Department with 283 arrests — nearly 10% of the total arrest made during the summer.  

While summer is coming to an end, CDOT, CSP, and local law agencies will continue to protect the safety on Colorado roads into the upcoming fall season. The annual Heat Is On Fall Festivals is a five-week heightened DUI enforcement period starting Sept.13 through Oct. 21. The Fall Festivals enforcement will include 92 Colorado law enforcement agencies. Last year’s Fall Festivals enforcement cited 1,877 impaired drivers.

Enforcement Period  Total Arrests Highest Arrest County (By organization)
Memorial Day  323 Arrests — 4-day period Colorado Springs PD — 32
Summer Blitz 585 Arrests — 10-day period Colorado Springs PD — 52
4th of July 311 Arrests — 5-day period El Paso County Sheriff’s Office — 47
Summer Strikeout 482 Arrests — 10-day period El Paso County Sheriff’s Office — 48
Sturgis Rally  399 Arrests — 10-day period Colorado Springs PD — 47
Labor Day Crackdown 899 Arrests — 18-day period Denver PD — 106