Colorado DUI News: Checkpoint Colorado DUI Crackdown Now Underway, CDOT Announces

June 8, 2016

Colorado DUI News: Checkpoint Colorado DUI Crackdown Now Underway, CDOT Announces

Checkpoint Colorado DUI Crackdown Now Underway, CDOT Announces

On the heels of the Memorial Day DUI crackdown in Colorado, authorities have kicked off Checkpoint Colorado, an impaired driving enforcement effort that will run through summer 2016.

This 109-day DUI crackdown has been scheduled to coincide with the “100 Deadliest Days” for motorists, according to authorities at the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). This period is notoriously associated with a spike in deadly traffic crashes across the nation – and many of these accidents reportedly involve drunk and drugged motorists, according to federal authorities.1

As part of the 2016 Checkpoint Colorado campaign, a number of local law enforcement agencies will be conducting sobriety checkpoints over the coming months in an effort to deter impaired driving and arrest those suspected of DUI.

DUI Arrests from Checkpoint Colorado Decline in Recent Years

Interestingly, since 2012, the number of DUI arrests reported from the Checkpoint Colorado enforcement effort has been steadily dropping, falling more than 54 percent over the past four years.

While this declining DUI arrest rate may be an indication that fewer motorists are choosing to drive when impaired, officials have cautioned that it may also be the result of:

  • Fewer law enforcement agencies participating in this campaign
  • Apps and technology alerting drivers to where checkpoints are set up (allowing motorists to avoid the checkpoints).

It remains to be seen whether the 2016 Checkpoint Colorado campaign will carry on the downward trend in DUI arrests – and whether authorities will continue to fund this enforcement effort in the coming years (in light of the low arrest numbers, as well as the fact that checkpoints have been highly criticized for their high costs and low arrest rates).

When reports about this crackdown’s results become available, we’ll bring you the latest news here, in a future blog.

A Look at Upcoming DUI Crackdowns in Colorado

As Checkpoint Colorado continues through the summer months, here’s a look at the other DUI crackdowns authorities have planned:

  • The July 4th campaign, which is planned to run from July 1st through 5th
  • The Sturgis Rally crackdown, which is scheduled to run from Aug. 5th through 15th
  • The Fall Enforcement period, which will likely be kicked off during the second week of September.

These other enforcement events will reportedly include DUI checkpoints, as well as roving and saturation patrols.

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1: At the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Categories: DUI, DUI News, DUI Sobriety Checkpoints