St. Patrick’s Day DUI crackdown nets 424 arrests

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DENVER – The Luck of the Irish wasn’t so lucky for 424 Colorado drivers who were busted for drunk driving over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday weekend.


“We had a record number of officers on our roads looking for impaired drivers over the holiday weekend,” said Colonel James Wolfinbarger, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “Despite all of our efforts, unfortunately three people were killed due to impaired driving. No matter what time of the year impaired driving will not be tolerated and you will be arrested.”

The highest arrests occurred in Denver (48), Colorado Springs (36) and Aurora (29). There were four traffic fatalities over the holiday weekend, three were alcohol-related.

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The last time St. Patrick’s Day was on Saturday was in 2007, when 363 drivers were arrested for DUI statewide, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.