DUI arrests fall during Colorado’s high-enforcement times

FRISCO, Colo. — State officials say the number of DUI arrests during the periods of increased enforcement decreased in 2018, but it was likely tied to funding losses for the program.

The Summit Daily News reports the Colorado Department of Transportation recorded 7,723 arrests during the 14 periods of high-visibility DUI enforcement throughout the year.

More than 10,350 DUI arrests were recorded in 2017.

Sam Cole, the department’s traffic safety communications director, says the state typically provides hundreds of thousands of dollars to local law enforcement agencies to help put officers on the streets for The Heat Is On program.

Cole says the department provided about $833,900 to agencies to support the increased enforcement in 2017, but that funding dropped to $1,645 in 2018.

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