Streets quiet during St. Patrick's Day holiday weekend

Law enforcement agencies in Craig and Moffat County, as well as those around the state, reported a relatively quiet St. Patrick's Day holiday weekend.

All told, there were seven arrests made for driving under the influence between the Craig Police Department, Moffat County Sheriff's Office and the local Colorado State Patrol division.

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The State Patrol made four arrests during the weekend in Moffat County, or double the number troopers normally see in a weekend, the Police Department made two and the Sheriff's Office one, the agencies reported.

Sergeant Rick Holford of the Sheriff's Office said there wasn't much difference between the holiday weekend and a normal, run of the mill weekend.

"It just happened to be one of those nights," Holford said. "It was a pretty good Saturday, but it wasn't any busier than it normally is."

There were 355 arrests made across Colorado for driving under the influence during the weekend, the Colorado Department of Transportation reported.

That number is 110 less than last year's 465, said Heather Halpape, CDOT public relations manager for safety programs.

The reduction is particularly impressive, she said, because law enforcement agencies across the state didn't have as much flexibility in their budgets to pay overtime wages for extra patrols.

"There was reduction in funds to pay OT," she said. "But despite having less money, there was a better re----duc--------------tion."

The Colorado State Patrol and 58 police and sheriff's departments across the state combined for the "Heat is On" campaign over the holiday weekend. The campaign entailed bulking up patrols beginning Friday evening and ending Monday morning.

The Craig Police Department and Moffat County Sheriff's Office did not participate, Halpape said.

The State Patrol also reported five traffic fatalities during the weekend. Troopers are investigating whether those crashes involved alcohol, Halpape said.

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