Law enforcement agencies cracking down on DUI’s during Labor Day weekend

DENVER — Law enforcement agencies around the state are gearing up for one of the busiest DUI weekends of the year.

“We’re going to be out here, and we are going to be out in force” Sgt. Michael Robbins with the Adams County Sheriff’s Office said from a DUI checkpoint near US Highway 36 and Federal Boulevard on Saturday night.

More than 100 different law enforcement agencies in Colorado are participating in a specialized Labor Day DUI enforcement.

“We put the word out to agencies and you have an overwhelming majority of agencies coming together for this cause,” Sgt. Robbins said.

During last year’s Labor Day DUI enforcement period, more than 1,000 people were arrested for driving under the influence in Colorado.

Sgt. Robbins also said that DUI checkpoints are for more than just making arrests, they are also a time for awareness.

“When it comes to checkpoints it’s really to sit there and say ‘hey you guys, we are out here and you need to be aware that (driving under the influence) is a dangerous thing,” he said.

According to CDOT’s Heat is On arrest database more than 300 people have already been arrested for driving under the influence during this year’s Labor Day DUI enforcement period.