Over the Thanksgiving holiday Colorado law enforcement agencies made nearly one hundred more DUI arrests than last year.
Officers arrested 613 impaired drivers from November 17 to November 27, an increase from 522 in 2016, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).
CDOT says 120 agencies increased patrols. Colorado State Patrol made 124 total arrests over the holiday. Colorado Springs Police Department made 56 arrests, Denver Police made 48 and Aurora Police had 34.
“Traffic fatalities involving impaired drivers have increased this year,” Darrell Lingk, Director of the Office of Transportation Safety at CDOT, said in a press release. “Impaired drivers account for roughly one-third of all traffic fatalities in Colorado and DUI-prevention efforts are an effective tool to reduce such crashes.”
According to CDOT, as of October 31st, 193 people have died this year in crashes involving impaired driving, up from 170 at the same time last year.
“Every impaired driver taken off the road is potentially a life saved,” said Col. Scott Hernandez, Chief of Colorado State Patrol, in a press release. “With more troopers on the road, we can be proactive and arrest dangerous drivers before they cause serious harm to themselves or others.”