Law enforcement officials say holiday weekend dull


Law enforcement officials in Moffat County weren't as busy as others across the state during St. Patrick's Day weekend.

Colorado State Patrol troopers made 291 arrests Friday statewide for driving under the influence. By Sunday morning, 37 more were made.

In Moffat County, one person was arrested Sunday for DUI.

"It was pretty quiet and I like it that way," Det. Henry Stoffel with the Craig Police Department said. "People are getting smarter. They're taking a taxi, designating a driver and getting more accountable for their actions."

DUIs in Moffat County are hitting a low and law enforcement officials were not surprised.

"I usually don't expect St. Patrick's Day to be a real busy weekend for us. It's just another holiday," Moffat County Sheriff's Department Undersheriff Jerry Hoberg said.

Neither the police department or sheriff's department participated in a statewide DUI crackdown.

Statewide, DUI arrests were up 72 percent from St. Patrick's Day last year, a huge increase, according to Colorado State Patrol spokesman Roddy Campbell.

Last year, there were 169 DUI arrests. St. Patrick's Day fell on a Wednesday instead of a Friday in 1999.

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