Colorado

Sep 2, 2009 10:09 AM by Associated Press

Some DUI crackdowns may fall to Colorado budget ax

Stepped-up enforcement of drunken-driving laws on holiday weekends may be a casualty of Colorado's budget crisis. The Denver Post reported Wednesday that Gov. Bill Ritter wants to divert $1.3 million from DUI enforcement to help close an estimated $320 million budget shortfall.

The DUI money is collected from a surcharge imposed on everyone convicted of alcohol-related crimes in Colorado. It has been used to pay overtime for officers to work on DUI crackdowns on holiday weekends.

If lawmakers approve Ritter's plan, next weekend's Labor Day crackdown will be the last for a while.

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