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Designated drivers and public transportation will be crucial on Saturday as law enforcement agencies prepare to crack down on drunk driving for the CU football game.
Saturday’s Rocky Mountain Showdown at 10 a.m. between CU and Colorado State University will draw thousands of fans into vehicles for the commute to Invesco Field at Mile High.
In an effort to prevent alcohol-related traffic accidents, law enforcement agencies will be boosting DUI patrols before, during and after the game, reports the Colorado Department of Transportation.
According to a press release, Boulder Police are scheduled to conduct DUI checkpoints on the 1300 block of Canyon Boulevard from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. on both Friday, Aug. 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1.
The Colorado State Patrol will be teaming up with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office to increase DUI patrols along US-36. The state patrol will increase on I-25 between Fort Collins and Denver as well. Denver police will increase patrols on the streets surrounding Invesco Field.
“This is always an exciting game and we want everyone to have a good time, but fans need to celebrate responsibly and safely by designating a sober driver,” said Capt. Joseph Padilla, traffic operations commander for the Denver police. “If you choose to drive impaired, you will get caught and arrested.”
The DUI enforcement is part of a continuing national crackdown that began on Aug. 17 and continues until 3 a.m. on Sept. 4.
During the first 10 days of the crackdown, 815 people were arrested for DUI in Colorado. DUI warning signs have been posted on lighted signs across the state as a reminder to holiday motorists.
Last year, between Aug. 17 and Sept. 4, 18 people died in alcohol-related traffic crashes in Colorado with an average of one person killed each day.
To view enforcement plans by agency, visit www.dot.state.co.us/trafficsafety
Contact Campus Press staff writer James Collector at email@example.com