Law enforcement nabs hundreds of drunk drivers over Super Bowl weekend

DENVER — The Colorado Department of Transportation said Monday that 273 impaired drivers were arrested as part of its The Heat Is On campaign over Super Bowl Weekend.

The enforcement program targets drunk drivers during times of the year when DUIs typically spike. The Super Bowl campaign was Feb. 3-6.

The Aurora Police Department arrested 29 alleged drunk drivers, 28 arrests were made in Colorado Springs and 27 were taken into custody in Denver.

“Last year, nearly one-third of Colorado’s traffic fatalities involved an impaired driver,” CDOT said in a statement. “Impaired driving is a major issue CDOT will continue to address to help curb Colorado’s traffic deaths. Every time someone chooses to drive impaired, they are putting everyone on the road at risk.”

This year’s total was down from the 325 arrests made over the same period last year when the Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl.

The next period of heightened enforcement will take place around St. Patrick’s Day, beginning March 10.