Record number of DUI arrests over Super Bowl weekend

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A record 421 people were arrested across the state for DUI over Super Bowl weekend this year,

A record 421 people were arrested across the state for DUI over Super Bowl weekend this year.

DENVER – A record 421 people were arrested across the state for DUI over Super Bowl weekend this year, the Colorado State Patrol announced in a media release Thursday.

“It’s clear that there is much more work to be done to educate Coloradans on drinking and driving,” Colorado State Patrol Captain Jeff Goodwin said. “Even though we urged people to plan ahead, at least 421 people put both themselves and others in danger when they made the decision to drive under the influence.”

There was also at least one alcohol-related fatality over the enforcement period, which ran Feb. 1 through Feb. 4.  The highest number of arrests took place in Denver (54), Aurora (32) and Colorado Springs (28). These numbers are up considerably from 2012, when 275 arrests were made. Super Bowl XLVII weekend DUI arrests were higher than any past Super Bowl weekend since the statewide DUI enforcement period was introduced in 2009.

CSP promised another statewide, multi-agency DUI crackdown over St. Patrick’s Day weekend.