Colorado

Sep 7, 2012 2:47 PM by Andy Koen

Summer DUI arrests unphased by lack of checkpoints

COLORADO SPRINGS - Comparing arrest data compiled by the Colorado Department of Transportation, the number of suspected drunk drivers arrested in Colorado Springs this summer was only slightly higher than during the same period in 2011.

There were a total of 146 arrests made by CSPD officers during the combined Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day enforcement periods this summer as compared to 141 in 2011.

The city stopped funding sobriety checkpoints in the 2012 budget because the mayor and police chief felt they were inefficient at catching drunk drivers. Instead, the city applied the $28,800 it would normally spend on the checkpoints to increase the number of officers on patrol during the same enforcement periods.

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