Douglas County drivers alerted to DUI saturation patrol on Super Bowl weekend

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The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is stepping up efforts to apprehend drunk drivers during Super Bowl weekend. Deputies will be exercising increased enforcement Feb. 1-3.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, along with other agencies and the Colorado State Patrol will be out in force during this enforcement period. The sheriff’s office will conduct DUI saturation patrol throughout unincorporated Douglas County on roadways that have been identified as problem areas for accidents and high incidents of DUI arrests.

All deputies and officers want to remind drivers “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest!”

“The consequences of making the wrong decision can be expensive as well as tragic,” said Sheriff David A. Weaver. “Please have a plan in place and designate a sober driver before you get to any Super Bowl weekend festivities.”

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department will have increased patrol or saturation patrol during the 12 enforcement periods throughout 2013.

The Colorado Department of Transportation grant funding is being used to assist law enforcement agencies in their efforts to enforce DUI laws within Colorado. 

CDOT statistics below for all of Douglas County 2011:

There were 847 DUI arrests in Douglas County during the 2011 enforcement periods.

• Seventy-five of those arrests were made between Nov.22 and Jan.2 during the holiday enforcement periods.

• Five out of the 12 fatal car crashes in Douglas County during 2011 were alcohol-related, which is nearly 42 percent.  

• The average cost of a DUI in Colorado is $10, 270.