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Authorities report almost 350 DUI-related arrests on Halloween across Colorado

Posted: 10:31 AM, Nov 08, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-08 17:41:13Z

Across the state, 349 impaired drivers were arrested over Halloween weekend.

The Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol and about 70 other law agencies worked together from Oct. 26 through Nov. 1 to reduce the number of dangerous drivers on the road.

The 349 arrests this year is a slight decrease from the 375 people who were cited last year.

“Our goal is to keep the road safe for all users, and impaired drivers pose a serious hazard to themselves and others,” said Darrell Lingk, director of the Office of Transportation Safety at CDOT. “It only takes one or two drinks to reduce your coordination, reaction time and judgement. A DUI is a mistake that will haunt you the rest of your life. Unfortunately, 349 drivers selfishly chose to put everyone on the roads in danger during Halloween.” 

Col. Matthew Packard, chief of the CSP, said that with so many alternative ride options available today, there is no excuse to get behind the wheel if you know you’re impaired.

Another campaign will return on Nov. 16 and will last 10 days.