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Increased DUI enforcement period begins Friday

The five-week enforcement period will run until Monday, May 14.
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KUSA — The Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol and law enforcement agencies across the state are beginning a new DUI enforcement period on Friday.

The five-week enforcement period will run until Monday, May 14.

“A lot is happening in the springtime, such as graduation parties, concerts, 4/20 celebrations, the start of baseball season, just to name a few. These events have historically given people a reason to drink or consume cannabis,” said Darrell Lingk, Director of CDOT’s Office of Transportation Safety, in a news release. “We’re urging folks to keep your friends and family from getting behind the wheel if they’re impaired. This is everyone’s responsibility.”

During this DUI enforcement period last year, 1,958 drivers were cited by law enforcement for driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana or other drugs.

“It’s our job to protect Coloradans. We will be out in full force to make sure impaired drivers stay off the roads. Even after a couple of drinks, you become a risk to yourself and others if you get behind the wheel.” said Col. Matthew Packard, Chief of the CSP. “We can’t stress this enough — the cost of a ride home is minimal compared to the personal and financial costs of a DUI.”

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