CDOT's The Heat is On DUI enforcement campaign

The Colorado Department of Transportation, inspired by the upcoming Super Bowl, is targeting Bronco fans in its “The Heat Is On” DUI prevention campaign, Bailey Neel wrote for 9News. State Patrol and local law enforcement from 91 state agencies will mount sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols, and add a greater number of officers to be on the lookout for impaired drivers.

Darrell Lingt, director of CDOT’s Office of Transportation Safety, said:

We know Broncos fans are the best in the country, and so we know that they’re smart enough to not risk a DUI. We’re asking everyone to look out for their fellow fans and to speak out if someone attempts to drive impaired.

The enforcement period will run from today through Monday, February 8, according to CDOT. In the same period last year, officers arrested 234 people for impaired driving, CDOT writes. The Super Bowl Heat Is On campaign is one of 12 that run each year, each tied to a national holiday or large event.

Tips for Avoiding DUIs

CDOT offers the following Super Tips for a Super Bowl that is free from DUIs if you are hosting a party or are planning to drink:

  • Take the time to create a game plan before Super Bowl Sunday that involves a sober driver, a person who will not be drinking. In fact, why not leave your car keys at home and use a sober driver on the way to wherever you are going? That way, you will not have the opportunity to drive impaired. There are many options, including taxis, Uber, Lyft, and RTD (regional transportation district) rides.
  • When choosing a designated driver, make sure that he or she is really sober, not just less intoxicated than you are. As you send out invitations, suggest that your party guests also designate sober drivers in advance. Share a custom Uber ride code with your guests for your party.
  • If and when you ride home with a sober driver, make sure to wear your seat belt. It’s your best defense in a crash.
  • It is best to not drink alcohol too quickly. Mix the drinking up with plenty of eating, and also drink nonalcoholic beverages. As a host, provide your party guests with a variety of nonalcoholic drinks, like water and juice, and plenty of food. Only serve alcoholic drinks to people over 21.
  • Use CDOT’s “R U Buzzed” app, which can help you to keep track of your estimated level of impairment.
  • Just like the fans at the game, stop drinking after the third quarter.
  • As a party host, if you serve a guest alcohol and he or she is in a car accident, you could be considered accountable. Do not hesitate to take away an impaired guest’s car keys. Let impaired guests stay over if there is no sober ride for them.
  • If you are driving, don’t drink. Offer sober rides to people who are impaired.

Ann Pirie commented on the 9News article, thanking law enforcement agencies “for endeavoring to keep us all safe.” She implores everyone who is partying to behave, adding: “Think of the ramifications if you don’t.”

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