El Paso County sheriff’s deputies nailed 40 percent more impaired drivers over the past year compared to the prior year, due largely to nabbing more drivers who use drugs, including pot.
From April 1, 2017, through March 31, 2018, deputies arrested 360 impaired drivers, compared to 604 over the most recent year, ending March 31, 2019.
The Sheriff’s Office’s more aggressive enforcement is tied to the county leading the state in impaired driver traffic fatalities, the office said in a release.
As part of a DUI enforcement grant program, the office aims to “more than double” DUI patrols this year, the release said.
The Colorado State Patrol reports it and other agencies cited 1,708 impaired drivers (174 in Colorado Springs) from April 5 to May 13; 1,932 were cited last year.
Memorial Day enforcement lasts from May 24 through 28.