Enforcing DUI laws to prevent car accidents.

CDOT’s The Heat is On DUI enforcement campaign logo.

Eighty law enforcement agencies in Colorado are joining forces with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) in an increased DUI enforcement campaign for the holiday season, as the Associated Press reports in The Denver Post.

According to CDOT:

As the leftover turkey is finally gobbled, for many it’s time for eggnog, craft beer, champagne and other holiday party libations — so it’s time for another The Heat Is On statewide DUI enforcement period.

The Holiday Party DUI enforcement period runs through Monday, December 14. CDOT writes that the state’s “dedicated police officers will saturate the roadways,” looking for impaired drivers and arresting them to make the roads safer for all drivers.

Darrell Lingk, director of the CDOT’s Office of Transportation Safety, wrote:

Winter weather should be the only hazard drivers contend with this holiday season. Unfortunately, during last year’s 10-day Holiday Party enforcement period, there were four alcohol-related fatalities, and CSP and local law enforcement agencies made 645 arrests. Our goal is always to reduce those numbers.

Designate a Driver to Avoid Accidents

Col. Scott Hernandez, chief of the CSP, urges drivers to make sure to line up a designated sober driver, or plan to use some other form of transportation if they choose to drink. There are many ways you can find rides if you are drinking:

  • There is a free “R-U-Buzzed?” app for iPhones and for Androids that makes it easy to calculate your blood alcohol level and find a cab.
  • You can also call the ride sharing service Lyft, via its mobile app at lyft.com. Lyft will send the nearest available driver to your location, using your phone’s GPS as a guide. And if you have never used Lyft before, you can sign up with the promo code CDOTRideSafe and get a $20 credit on your first ride! After you download the app, create an account, then enter the above code in the Payment section.
  • Uber is another service you can use when you have been drinking. Uber will pick you up anywhere, even if you don’t know your exact address. Its app detects your location via your phone’s GPS and connects you with the available driver nearest to you. To receive $20 off your first Uber ride, enter the code NODUICO under “Promotions” once you download the Uber app and sign up for an account.

Impaired Driving Enforcement

The Holiday Party enforcement period, which is one of 12 high visibility enforcement periods annually, may include sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols, and extra law enforcement officers on duty, all to prevent impaired driving, thereby preventing car accidents. The CDOT Highway Safety Office makes funding available to Colorado law enforcement for “impaired driving enforcement, education and awareness campaigns.” There were 269 arrests for drunk driving throughout the state during the recent Thanksgiving weekend, CDOT reports. Of those, 23 were made by the Denver Police Department, 28 by the Aurora Police Department, and 17 by the Colorado Springs Police Department.

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