Colorado Law Enforcement Plans DUI Crackdown for St. Patrick’s Day

DENVER (AP) — Law enforcement agencies across Colorado are planning to crack down on drunken and impaired driving as revelers celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

The Colorado Department of Transportation says the enforcement period is set to begin Friday and will continue until March 18. Statewide, 87 agencies will participate in the DUI crackdown.

Last year, 505 drivers in Colorado were arrested for DUI during the St. Patrick’s Day enforcement window, a nearly 14 percent increase from the previous year’s enforcement period.

“The Heat Is On” campaign runs throughout the year with 12 increased enforcement periods focused on national holidays and large public events.