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Colorado Springs police arrest most DUI suspects in state during Memorial Day weekend

June 12, 2018 Updated: June 12, 2018 at 8:15 pm
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Colorado Springs police made the most drunken-driving arrests statewide during a Memorial Day weekend increased enforcement period, the Colorado Department of Transportation reported.

From May 25-29, 102 law enforcement agencies arrested 300 people suspected of impaired driving, a decrease from the 332 arrests made over that period in 2017, a CDOT news release says.

Colorado Springs police arrested the most, 25, followed by Denver police with 22 and Aurora police with 17.

"We see an alarming trend of increasing road fatalities heading into the summer months, with 31 percent of all 2017 Colorado road fatalities occurring in June, July and August," said Darrell Lingk, CDOT's transportation safety director. "Some people think getting behind the wheel after one or two drinks is acceptable, but that isn't the case. Even a few alcoholic drinks can impair your ability to drive - it's simply not worth the risk."

On average, 77 people suspected of impaired driving are arrested each day in Colorado, the release says. A driver with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher can be charged with driving under the influence, and a driver with a blood-alcohol content of 0.05 percent and up can be charged with driving while ability impaired.

First-time offenders can be jailed for a year, lose their license and be fined thousands of dollars, the release says.

A 10-day increased DUI enforcement period will begin June 15.

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Contact Ellie Mulder: 636-0198

Twitter: @lemarie

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