Nearly 500 DUI arrests made during St. Patrick’s Day weekend

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DENVER — There were 481 DUI arrests in Colorado during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The Colorado Department of Transportation released the figures Monday.

The arrests were made March 15 to March 18. Here’s some good news. During that same period there were no crashes in the state that killed anyone.

There were four alcohol-related fatalities on Colorado streets and highways during St. Patrick’s Day period in 2012. There were 424 DUI arrests, so more drivers were arrested this year.

“Law enforcement was out on the roads doing our best to keep people safe,” Col. Scott Hernandez, chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “Those who foolishly decided to put themselves and others at risk by drinking and driving are now facing serious and expensive consequences.”

Two banners hung in lower downtown Denver informing Coloradans of the $10,000 cost of a DUI when compared to the average $3.75 RTD bus or light rail ticket, or the typical $22.25 cab fare in the Denver metro area.