'No excuse' for DUI, Colorado officials say before holiday weekend

September 2, 2016 Updated: September 7, 2016 at 10:36 am
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DUI enforcement will once again beef up over the workers holiday.

Officers from 108 Colorado agencies will be out on patrol over the Labor Day weekend, through Sept. 6. 

Colorado Springs police are already showing force, with 59 arrests since the enforcement period started Aug. 19, according to CDOT records. During last year's push, the department arrested 93 people.

Darrell Lingk, director of the Office of Transportation Safety, said there's no excuse for impaired driving because resources "are abundant and easily accessible" to avoid being behind the wheel when drinking.

And you often reach the legal limit before you realize, a recent "DUI Social Experiment" showed. One or two craft beers can cause you to reach the legal blood-alcohol content level of .08, the experiment proved.

The experiment was conducted under the guise of a brewery tour.

CDOT hired actors to escort unsuspecting tour participants to three breweries in Denver over the course of three hours. The tour's driver pretended to drink beer at each stop along the tour, mingling with participants and sometimes spilling beer on himself. No one questioned him when he got behind the wheel to take them to the next stop, CDOT said.

The driver later revealed he was drinking non-alcoholic beer, but had been showing signs of impairment throughout the event. The moral of the experiment: When you drink, it's important to take responsibility for your actions and the actions of your driver, CDOT said.

The video can be found at afewbrewsdenver.com.

Chief of the Colorado State Patrol Col. Scott Hernandez said officers will continue cracking down on impaired drivers.

"An impaired driver puts everyone on the road in danger. We hope people choose to either drive sober, or not drive at all," Hernandez said.

During last year's enforcement period, 1,030 people were arrested for impaired driving.

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