Sep 6, 2009 8:14 AM by John Romero
Cops were out in force this summer looking for drunk drivers on Colorado roads. They say it looks like it might be helping. "Our fatality rates for drivers injured or killed in wrecks involving drug or alcohol impaired drivers is actually significantly lower this year than it has in the past." explains Sgt. Craig Simpson with Colorado Springs Police, "We're seeing more people starting to use a designated driver. Cap companies tell us they're getting more calls."
Although the signs are encouraging, it doesn't mean everything is ok. One must only look at the average blood alcohol content cops are seeing in drunk drivers in Colorado Springs. The normal drunk driver blows about a .2. That's over 2 times the legal limit. "That is concerning to see that's our average." says Simpson, "We have people out there who are drinking to those levels and higher and getting behind the wheel of a car."
There have been about 1300 DUI arrests in Colorado Springs this year, which is about on par with years past. Police say more people are starting to get the message that drunk driving is unacceptable. While people may be getting the message, it doesn't mean police are going to let up anytime soon. "It's absolutely a year round thing on the enforcement." Simpson says, "We never let up in trying to get the message out." Police tell us will be out in force throughout the Labor Day weekend.