Every year, college football fans converge for the Rocky Mountain Showdown. The annual game between Colorado State and Colorado is the highlight for alumni from both schools. This year, for the first time, the spirited rivalry was held at Invesco Field, home of the Denver Broncos.
With so many students attending the game in Denver, officials took several steps to prevent underage DUIs from occurring, including the launch of an advertising campaign by the Colorado DOT. The campaign, which was focused on the CU and CSU campuses, helped to spread the word about the consequences of a DUI. This was the first year that students from both schools would have to travel to the game, which meant that more students would be heading back to school after the game was over.
Students Also Face Consequences on Campus for Underage DUI Offenses
Denver police sent out warning letters to both schools, carefully explaining that they would be aggressively enforcing alcohol offenses and stadium policies at the game. Those caught breaking the rules would face citations, have their tickets confiscated and also be taken to detox if they were intoxicated in public. Law enforcement would report information about the arrests of current students to each school.
Colleges and universities across the state have made a point to get tougher on alcohol-related offenses in an effort to curb underage drinking. For students, the consequences of an underage DUI would be much higher than simply receiving a ticket.
Students faced possible penalties from school administrators if they broke any school-specific rules, including suspension, expulsion or loss of a scholarship. Students also need to be aware that having a criminal record can affect their ability to receive financial aid, rent an apartment or even find employment after they finish their education.
Results of Rocky Mountain Showdown Enforcement Effort
This year, police arrested 91 people for various offenses, including sending 44 people to detox. An additional 21 were kicked out of the game, and there was one DUI. Fortunately, no serious accidents or injuries were reported after the game.