Posted: Jan 7, 2011 5:38 PM by James H Egbert
Between November 23rd and Jan 3rd, law enforcement agencies all across Colorado conducted arrests of 1,556 people for driving impaired. During the same period 41 people were killed on Colorado roadways with 14 0f those fatal accidents being linked to alcohol.
The report states that alcohol related fatalities are up marginally from the 09-10 holiday season by 27%. The total number of DUI related arrests were only slightly lower this year from the previous.
"As we start the New Year, it's important to remember those who are no longer with us because of someone's careless decision to drink and drive," said Colonel James Wolfinbarger, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. "The thousands of drivers who were arrested for DUI over the past year should count themselves lucky that they didn't kill themselves or someone else. We will remain vigilant in 2011 to keep our roadways safe from impaired drivers. Please continue to do your part by designating a sober driver and never letting someone drive who has had too much to drink."