Police increasing DUI patrols on Super Sunday

By: lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com
January 30, 2014 Updated: January 30, 2014 at 9:02 pm

This weekend will be a time of celebration for Coloradans who have waited more than 15 years to see the Denver Broncos play in the Super Bowl.

And that means police will be out in full force looking for people who drink and drive.

"We know our citizens are very excited to support the Denver Broncos during the Super Bowl, and we want to make sure they are able to do so in a safe environment and on safe roads," said DUI unit Sergeant John Koch in a news release.

The department will have several extra officers on hand over the weekend to assist with sobriety tests and other DUI enforcement processes. Their sole duty will be to support patrol officers, said Colorado Springs police spokeswoman Lt. Catherine Buckley.

The additional support is part of a state-wide effort police are participating in to crackdown on impaired driving over the weekend. The DUI patrol support is funded by the High Visibility Enforcement grant, led by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and administered by the Colorado Department of Transportation. The grant funds several similar efforts throughout the year, Buckley said.

Police warn that impaired drivers face consequences including jail time, a suspended or revoked license and court-ordered ignition interlocks.

"Even if you beat the odds and walk away from an impaired-driving crash alive and without injuring or killing another person, motorists should be aware the consequences of driving while impaired can still virtually destroy your life," said DUI unit Sgt. Patrick David in a release.

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