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271 DUI arrests made over Fourth of July weekend

271 DUI arrests made over Fourth of July weekend

This article originally appeared on Coloradoan.com:

The Colorado Department of Transportation declared on Friday that at least 20 drivers in Larimer County were arrested over Fourth of July weekend for reportedly being behind the wheel while impaired.

Those 20 were only 7 percent of the 271 people arrested last weekend for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Colorado, CDOT said in a release.

The dozens of arrests were made as part of the "The Heat is On," a traffic safety campaign that involves CDOT, Colorado State Patrol and 93 local law-enforcement agencies. The campaign includes sobriety checkpoints, heightened patrols and other enforcement tactics.

From 6 p.m. Friday, July 3, to 3 a.m. Monday, July 6, 10 DUI arrests were made by Fort Collins police, seven by Larimer County Sheriff's deputies and three by Loveland police, CDOT spokesman Sam Cole said. Fourteen others were arrested in Weld County during that time on suspicion of driving intoxicated.

"About one-third of fatal crashes in Colorado involve an impaired driver," CSP Col. Scott Hernandez said in a statement. "These DUI enforcement periods are essential in preventing those crashes and improving the safety of our roads overall."

Per capita, Colorado is the third most likely state where you'll be arrested for a DUI, according to the addiction resource group Project Know. For the ranking, the group studied more than 24,000 impaired driving arrests made in 2014.

DUI arrests were down 11 percent, or 32 cases, from Fourth of July weekend in 2014, CDOT said.

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