Safety

CDOT is revved up for Sturgis Rally DUI enforcement

As motorcyclists from across the country made their way to South Dakota for the 80th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, CDOT, CSP and 86 local law enforcement agencies will be working together on a heightened DUI enforcement period. Starting Aug 7 and continuing until Aug. 20, law enforcement agencies will take part in The Heat Is On campaign to prevent impaired driving on Colorado roads.

During the 2019 Sturgis Rally DUI enforcement period, 399 impaired motorists were arrested. Regardless of whether Sturgis is the final destination for motorists, CDOT and its partners are using this heightened enforcement to remind drivers and riders to plan before getting behind the wheel — or handlebars.

“Our job is to improve the safety of Colorado’s roadways, but we can’t do it alone,” said Shoshana Lew, CDOT Executive Director. “Especially during the weeks of increased motorcycle traffic surrounding the Sturgis Rally, increased impaired driving enforcement with our partners across the state can help protect all motorists. Please do your part to drive safely."

In 2020, there have been 73 motorcycle-related fatalities on Colorado’s roadways, a 10% increase from this time last year. The goal of this enforcement period and the overall Heat Is On campaign supports CDOT’s Whole System—Whole Safety initiative, creating increased awareness on the risks of impaired driving and riding.

“Motorcyclists are already at a higher safety risk when they hit the road and riding impaired only increases that risk while also putting other motorists in danger,” said Col. Matthew Packard, CSP chief. “While motorcyclists will be able to celebrate the 80th Annual Sturgis Rally as planned, we encourage anyone who consumes alcohol or marijuana to refrain from riding impaired.”

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Over the recent Summer Strikeout DUI enforcement period, which ran from July 17-27, 276 impaired motorists were arrested — a decrease from the 490 arrests made during the same period last year. A total of 83 agencies participated in the 10-day enforcement period, with the Colorado Springs Police Department (54 arrests) and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office (37 arrests) recording the highest number of arrests. CSP recorded 24 arrests. Results for all law enforcement agencies across the state can be found at https://www.codot.gov/safety/traffic-safety-reporting-portal.

As part of this year’s The Heat Is On campaign, CDOT has partnered again 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. Through the partnership, BACtrack Mobile Pro, Trace Pro, C8, and C6 breathalyzers will be offered at a 50% discount for Colorado residents until Sept. 15, or while supplies last. Residents can visit codot.bactrack.com to place an order. For more information about previous CDOT and BACtrack breathalyzer campaigns, visit heatisoncolorado.com.

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