It’s the penultimate football weekend with the biggest game of the year taking place this Sunday. Unfortunately, the Denver Broncos won’t be on the field for the Super Bowl.
The game pitting the Patriots and the Seahawks will be the focal point of parties in homes and at sports bars and other watering holes. It’s a super party day and night, which always means that drivers should beware of enhanced DUI patrols across the Denver metro area and around the state of Colorado.
The Denver Police Department has announced it is increasing drunk driving patrols beginning tonight and lasting through Monday morning at 3 a.m.
If you plan to be on or near the Auraria campus by downtown, you should be aware that its PD will have five officers dedicated to spotting and arresting intoxicated motorists. They normally have two on patrol, but are adding three officers to the area this weekend.
The Aurora PD says it will send out a saturation patrol looking for impaired drivers, starting tonight and lasting into Monday morning. The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office is also sending out saturation enforcement patrols, adding deputies to its usual weekend patrols.
West of Denver, the Breckenridge Police Department is increasing patrols from tonight through Monday at 2 a.m.
Colorado State Police have also announced that it is sending out extra troopers to patrol highways and interstates for drunken drivers.
None of this means that you can’t have fun this weekend, but it does mean you should be extra cautious. If you plan to attend a gathering featuring alcohol, please pick a designated driver to make sure you and your friends get home safely.