The Colorado State Patrol, with assistance from Moffat County Sheriff's Office deputies and volunteers with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, will conduct a DUI checkpoint Saturday night in the Craig area, the State Patrol announced in a news release Monday afternoon.
The time and location of the checkpoint will remain undisclosed, sergeant Scott Elliott, of State Patrol 4B, which covers Moffat, Routt, Rio Blanco, Grand and Jackson counties.
State Patrol Troop 4B has had an increase of proactive arrests for driving under the influence and driving under the influence of drugs for the first five months of the year, Elliott reported.
From Jan. 1, 2008, to May 31, 2008, the State Patrol 4B made 70 proactive arrests and 18 crash arrests. In that same timeframe this year, troopers have made 94 proactive arrests and six crash arrests.
In those same time periods, the State Patrol 4B had six DUI-related injury or fatal crashes in 2008, compared to four in 2009.
In May, State Patrol 4B conducted a DUI checkpoint in Steamboat Springs. Contact was made with more than 200 vehicles, and only one arrest - for driving under the influence of drugs - was made.
Elliot said he was hoping to have a similarly successful operation this weekend.