Friday, September 13, 2019

CDOT: Fall Festivals Enforcement Period Starts Today!

Sam Cole, CDOT Communications Manager
303.757-9484 (desk) | 303-859-1304 (cell)
 Sept. 13, 2019
 2,679 impaired drivers feel the summer heat in 2019
Fall Festivals DUI enforcement starts today

STATEWIDE — Between Memorial Day and Labor Day this summer, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado State Patrol (CSP), and local law agencies teamed up for six high visibility enforcement periods as part of The Heat Is On campaign. The enforcement periods are meant to ensure every Coloradan gets home safely, which is the primary mission of CDOT’s Whole System - Whole Safety initiative.

The enforcement periods conducted over the summer included:
·        Memorial Day - 323 arrests (four-day enforcement period)
o   Highest arrest total: Colorado Springs Police Department (32)
·        Summer Blitz - 585 arrests (10-day period)
o   Highest arrest total: Colorado Springs Police Department (52)
·        Fourth of July - 311 arrests (five-day period)
o   Highest arrest total: El Paso County Sheriff’s Office (47)
·        Summer Strikeout - 482 arrests (10-day period)
o   Highest arrest total: El Paso County Sheriff’s Office (48)
·        Sturgis Rally - 399 arrests (10-day period)
o   Highest arrest total: Colorado Springs Police Department (47)
·        Labor Day Crackdown - 579 arrests (18-day period)
o   Highest arrest total: Denver Police Department (95)

A total of 2,679 drivers were arrested as a result of the summer enforcement periods. The highest number of drivers were cited during the Summer Blitz enforcement period, with 585 drivers arrested over 10 days. Additionally, the highest number of arrests during the summer were made in the Pikes Peak region by the Colorado Springs Police Department and El Paso County Sheriff’s Office with 269 combined citations. The 269 arrests account for nearly 9% of the campaign’s total summer arrests.

“Last year, 63 people tragically died in alcohol-related crashes in Colorado from June to August. Impaired drivers not only risk an arrest for DUI — they put the lives of everyone on the road in danger,” said Shoshana Lew, CDOT Executive Director. “These enforcement periods get impaired drivers off our roads, which ultimately saves lives.  All people traveling on Colorado roads should get to their destinations safely.”

The Heat Is On summer enforcement periods are finished, but CDOT, CSP, and statewide law agencies will continue to protect the safety on Colorado roads this fall. The Fall Festivals heightened DUI enforcement period will last five weeks from Sept.13 to Oct. 21. The enforcement will include 83 Colorado law enforcement agencies. Last year’s Fall Festivals enforcement cited 1,877 impaired drivers.
As part this year’s The Heat Is On campaign, CDOT has again partnered with BACtrack, a leading personal and professional breathalyzer company, to urge Coloradans to check their blood-alcohol content (BAC) and confirm they are sober before they drive. Through the partnership, BACtrack breathalyzers will be offered at a 50% discount exclusively for Colorado residents through Sept. 15, or while supplies last. Residents can visit to place an order.
“In September and October of last year, Colorado saw 46 alcohol-related fatalities, accounting for 22% of the road fatalities during that time frame,” said Col. Matthew Packard, CSP Chief “No matter what time of year it is, drivers need to make responsible decisions and stay off the roads while impaired. With the number of accessible alternatives to driving, there is no excuse for getting behind the wheel impaired.”
CDOT’s summer and fall enforcement periods and DUI-prevention campaign support CDOT’s Whole System — Whole Safety initiative to reduce traffic injuries and deaths. Last year, there were 209 passenger vehicle fatalities on Colorado roads involving impaired drivers, accounting for more than one-third of all traffic fatalities. A complete list of arrests is at under the Heat Is On arrest tab.
The CDOT Highway Safety Office provides funding to Colorado law enforcement for impaired driving enforcement, education and awareness campaigns. The Heat Is On campaign runs throughout the year, with 16 specific high-visibility impaired driving enforcement periods centered on national holidays and large public events. Enforcement periods can include sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and additional law enforcement on duty dedicated to impaired driving enforcement. Find more details about the campaign, including impaired driving enforcement plans, arrest totals and safety tips at

To heighten safety awareness, CDOT recently announced its Whole System - Whole Safety initiative. This project takes a systematic statewide approach to safety combining the benefits of CDOT’s programs that address driving behaviors, our built environment and the organization's operations. The goal is to improve the safety of Colorado’s transportation network by reducing the rate and severity of crashes and improving safety conditions for those traveling by all transportation modes. The program has one simple mission - to get everyone home safely.

CDOT has approximately 3,000 employees located throughout Colorado and manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway and 3,429 bridges. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of other agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments and airports. It also administers Bustang, the state-owned and operated interregional express service. Gov. Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal mobility options.