May 25, 2011
The Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Checkpoint Colorado campaign, referred to as “The Heat Is On”, is kicking off tomorrow. The CDOT reports that more than 30,000 people are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), yet drunk drivers still kill an additional 200 people every year. The campaign’s purpose is to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the roadways.
“The Heat Is On” is Colorado’s high visibility enforcement campaign that allows for increased DUI enforcement and more public exposure to the risks associated with drunk driving. The CDOT offers grants to local departments for overtime enforcement and uses federal funding for advertising and community outreach.
The Colorado Springs Police Department will start the campaign on Friday by setting up a sobriety checkpoint. State troopers, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and other volunteers will assist officers. Drivers passing through the checkpoint will quickly be evaluated to ensure they are not driving under the influence. If a driver is not suspected of being under the influence, they will be released and on their way.
“This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer and, unfortunately, it can be Colorado’s deadliest time of the year for our roadways,” said Col. Mark Trostel, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “We want everyone to have a fun and safe summer by being responsible, planning ahead and having a sober, designated driver.”
The Colorado auto accident attorneys with McDivitt Law Firm could not agree more with Col. Trostel’s last statement!