Colorado Springs: drunk driving arrests up despite no checkpoints
Last fall’s decision by the city of Colorado Springs to eliminate DUI checkpoints was criticized by many people, including the organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
However, the city said it realized some cost savings by eliminating the sobriety checkpoints, and utilized this saved money to place more cops on the streets.
A Colorado Department of Transportation spokesperson recently said in an interview that the checkpoints serve as a visible deterrent, but it is hard to quantify the results of these DUI/DWI enforcement efforts.
The mayor told a media outlet that the checkpoints were not efficient at stopping people who were driving under the influence of alcohol.
Now that the past year’s statistics have been compiled and released by the Colorado Department of Transportation, the city’s decision is perhaps not as controversial. The Colorado Springs Police Department actually arrested five additional motorists suspected of drunk driving, over a three-holiday enforcement period, which included Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day.
In 2011, there were 141 DUI arrests over these three holidays. In 2012, there were 146 DUI arrests over the same time period.
Another group that is proactively trying to keep drunk drivers off the streets is the Designated Driver of Colorado Springs. It returned to the city in March to provide free rides home for bar patrons. The group was reportedly quite busy over Labor Day weekend.
Our El Paso County criminal defense firm represents clients arrested for drunken driving. For more information, visit our Colorado Springs DUI page.
Source: KOAA, “Springs police DUI arrests unaffected by loss of checkpoints,” Sept. 7, 2012