Law enforcement to have statewide DUI crackdown on Halloween weekend

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DENVER -- Law enforcement is reminding those who will be partying on Halloween that buzzed driving is drunk driving and there will be a statewide DUI crackdown this weekend.

From Friday to Monday, the Colorado Department of Transportation, the Colorado State Patrol and local law enforcement agencies around the state will partner under "The Heat Is On" campaign.

DUI patrols will increase at 70 agencies. From 2013 to 2014, there was a decrease in the number of DUI arrests during Halloween weekend during the enforcement period.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 43 percent of all traffic fatalities on Halloween from 2009 to 2013 resulted from a drunk driving-related crash and 26 percent of all pedestrian fatalities on Halloween night involved a drunk driver.

Personal injury lawyer Michael Sawaya will continue his tradition of offing its free cab ride program. Sawaya invests in the program four times a year as a way to save lives and reduce injuries from drunk drivers.

From Friday to Sunday, anyone 21 years old or older can call a cab and get a ride from one location to your home. You pay the cab driver and send the bill to the Sawaya Law Firm -- 1600 Ogden St., Denver, CO 80218 -- for reimbursement.

It's available in the metro area with a maximum value of $35.