The Colorado Springs Police Department reported a total of 22 DUI arrests for the 2019 New Years Eve Holiday following their participation in stepped up enforcement efforts as part of the statewide Heat is On campaign at the close of the holiday season.
Before the holiday weekend, it was widely advertised that police across the state of Colorado, including Colorado Springs Police Department officers, would be ramping up efforts to apprehend drunk drivers over the New Years Eve Holiday, with heightened enforcement spanning Friday, December 27th to Thursday, January 2nd. Despite the forewarning, 22 Colorado Springs Drivers were arrested for DUI during that period, a slight decrease from last year’s enforcement period for the same holiday. (CSPD reported a total of 24 DUI arrests for the 2018/2019 New Years Eve Holiday Enforcement Period).
Conversely, Denver Police Department reported an increase in DUI arrests over the New Years Eve Weekend, with just 24 arrests in 2018/2019 as compared to their 26 arrests this year.
Saturated DUI enforcement efforts are not meant to be a sneak attack on DUI drivers: these types of campaigns are purposefully heavily advertised in advance to dissuade motorists from getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol in the first place. We applaud law enforcement for their efforts to reduce the number of impaired drivers on Colorado roads.