There have already been two DUI enforcement periods this year in Colorado: the Winter Blitz, which took place from January 19 to January 29, and a second DUI blitz that ran for three days over Super Bowl weekend. These DUI crackdowns are part of Colorado’s “The Heat is On” DUI enforcement campaign, which consists of several increased enforcement periods that take place during certain holidays and other major events throughout the year.
According to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the two completed DUI enforcement periods in 2018 have already resulted in 860 arrests, including 601 arrests during the Winter Blitz and 259 arrests over Super Bowl weekend.
While 860 is certainly a lot of arrests, you may be surprised to learn that there have actually been 3 percent fewer DUI arrests this year when compared to the same two enforcement periods last year. Some other interesting stats from these recent DUI blitzes include:
- During the 2018 Super Bowl DUI blitz, the Denver Police Department had 27 arrests, the most of any police department in the state
- During the 2018 Winter DUI Blitz, the Denver Police Department had 41 arrests, which was actually a decrease from 2017 when it had 57 arrests
Even though the numbers may not be higher than last year (at least so far), make no mistake, police will be out in full force in 2018. In fact, the next DUI enforcement period is already scheduled to start next month around Saint Patrick’s Day.