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Colorado police arrest 293 during St. Patrick’s Day DUI enforcement

Posted at 2:50 PM, Mar 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-22 16:50:03-04

DENVER – More Coloradans enjoyed St. Patrick’s Day celebrations safely, according to the results of “The Heat Is On” campaign.

The Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol, and law enforcement agencies statewide arrested 293 impaired drivers From March 15-18, a decrease from 323 during the same period last year. Colorado Springs Police reported 26 arrests during the weekend, the second highest total statewide.

More than 4.200 people also signed a pledge to plan ahead for a sober ride, and a promotion from CDOT and Lyft provided more than $18,000 in ride credits to help Coloradans get home safely all weekend.

CDOT says 108 agencies were part of the St. Patrick’s Day weekend enforcement.

“The Heat Is On” campaign will return for the five-week Spring Events DUI enforcement period starting April 5. Last year 1.932 impaired drivers were arrested statewide during that period.