The final push of Colorado’s “100 Days of Heat” commences in earnest Friday, September 3 with the beginning of the long Labor Day weekend. So far there have been more than 1,450 arrests statewide since just before Memorial Day, when the summer DUI crackdown began.
Officials with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) are hoping for a safe and sober weekend, of course, but the season-ending holiday is generally filled with alcohol-fueled celebrations and sporting events. The city of Denver, in particular, will be hosting three large gatherings that are likely to see people drinking and driving: the annual Taste of Colorado, the football faceoff between rivals University of Colorado and Colorado State and a Rockies home game on Labor Day. The Denver Police Department is planning saturation patrols for the downtown area in anticipation of a slew of alcohol-related incidents, especially for the first two events.
CDOT officials are aware that cheering on the home team with a beer in hand is a ritual for many sports fans. To address the problem, they recently launched a special program in partnership with the CSP and the Denver Broncos to encourage fans to designate a sober driver. Football fans ages 21 and over can sign up to join the Broncos Designated Driver Program at Broncos home games. Adults who pledge not to drink alcohol during the game and provide safe transportation for the other members of their group will receive a free non-alcoholic beverage, a lanyard and a chance to win a $100 gift card to the Broncos Store. A winner will be chosen at every home game.
The Broncos program places an emphasis on having a good time and being responsible, a concept that is especially important to keep in mind during the Labor Day DUI crackdown.
CDOT has provided the following information regarding increased enforcement over the holiday weekend:
FRONT RANGE CHECKPOINTS
Adams County: Sept. 4-5 – The Colorado State Patrol will be conducting a checkpoint in the 6300 block of Federal, a known DUI problem area.
Aurora: Sept. 4-5 – The Aurora Police Department will conduct a checkpoint in northwest Aurora, in an area that has experienced a high number of alcohol-related accidents.
Boulder: Sept. 3-4 – The Boulder Police Department has scheduled a traditional checkpoint in the area of Broadway and Baseline Road.
Brighton: Sept. 3-4 – Officers with the Brighton Police Department will conduct a checkpoint beginning at 7 p.m. Friday and ending at 3 a.m. the following morning. The location was not disclosed.
Colorado Springs: Sept. 3-4 – The Colorado Springs Police Department, in conjunction with the Colorado State Patrol, will be working a roving checkpoint between 5 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday.
Jefferson County: Sept. 4-5 – The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department and the Colorado State Patrol will conduct a traditional checkpoint between 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 a.m. Sunday. Details on locations were not made available.
Lakewood: Sept 11-12 – The Lakewood Police Department will be targeting DUIs with a traditional checkpoint the weekend after Labor Day.
Larimer County: Sept. 3-4 – The sheriff’s department is planning a roving checkpoint beginning at 6 p.m. Friday and running through 2 a.m. Saturday.
Weld County: Sept. 4-5 – A combined task force of officers from the Colorado State Patrol, Greeley Police Department and Weld County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a traditional checkpoint Saturday night beginning at 10 p.m. and ending five hours later. The location was not disclosed.
Westminster: Sept. 3-4 – Westminster officers are planning a traditional checkpoint. The location was not made available.
INCREASED AND SATURATION PATROLS ACROSS THE FRONT RANGE
Adams County: Sept. 5-6 – There will be an emphasis on enforcement along I-25, Colo. 36, Federal Boulevard, Pecos Street and other areas known to have high incidents of DUI-involved accidents.
Arapahoe County: Sept. 3-6
Arvada: Sept. 3-6
Auraria Campus: Sept. 3-4
Aurora: Sept 3-6
Boulder: Sept. 3-7
Broomfield: Sept. 3-5
Castle Rock: Sept. 3-7 – Local police officers and members of the state patrol will have increased patrols throughout the weekend.
Cherry Hills: Sept. 3-7
Colorado Springs: Sept. 3-7
Commerce City: Sept. 3-7 – A 13-officer saturation patrol is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 3, and two DUI shifts will be posted at various times throughout the weekend.
Denver: Sept. 3-7 – The Denver Police Department will conduct saturation patrols for each shift during the weekend. Emphasis will be placed on the lower downtown area, as Denver hosts the CU/CSU football game at Invesco Field, in addition to the Taste of Colorado in Civic Center Park.
Douglas County: Sept. 3-6 – There will be increased patrols in the most populous parts of the county, and an extra deputy will be posted for DUI enforcement in Pike National Forest on Labor Day.
Edgewater: Sept. 3-7
Erie: Sept. 3-6
Firestone: Sept. 3-7
Fort Collins: Sept. 3-6
Golden: Sept. 3-7
Greenwood Village: Sept. 3-6
Jefferson County: Sept 3-6 – Saturation patrols will be conducted Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, with additional patrols on Monday.
Littleton: Sept. 3-7 – The Littleton Police department will conduct a saturation patrol using twelve additional officers during the weekend.
Longmont: Sept. 3-7
Northglenn: Sept. 3-7
Parker: Sept. 3-5
Westminster: Sept. 3-6
Wheat Ridge: Sept. 3-4