State Patrol: DUI checkpoint coming Saturday

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.

Comments

cowgirlmc 4 years, 10 months ago

Do they really want the public to know this? Wouldnt they want it hush hush to catch more people. Just a thought.

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mustang 4 years, 10 months ago

I agree with you cowgirlmc, but they do this in my hometown every year for the fair, and you would not believe how many people they still catch drinking and driving. Although the people know that there is a check point, they still are arrogant enough to think they won't get caught. Isn't it great what alcohol does to your judgement?? Also the first year that my hometown did this the people that were caught and charged filed a lawsuit against law enforcement stating that the check point was not fair because there was no warning, and they won. So now law enforcement has to announce that there will be a checkpoint every year, so that those drinking and driving have fair warning and can devise another route so they do not get caught.

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cowgirlmc 4 years, 10 months ago

wow. i'm speechless. Winning a lawsuit for drinking and driving WOW. I thought that checkpoints were suppose to be a surprise. I guess you learn something new every day.

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Rebelgirl 4 years, 10 months ago

No surprise there. Drink and drive do something stupid and get rewarded for it. Thats the American Judicial system for you. And you wonder why no one is afraid of going to jail. Infact most criminals would rather be in jail, no job, no responsibility, free food. I think you drink and drive there should be harsher penalties, you get caught your car is impounded and sold, regardless of who owns the car. There are two many people out there that regardless of how many times they have been "convicted" of DUI, DWI, or without a vali DL or insurance or registration. The rule applies to them too, you get caught you go to jail on the spot and the car gets impounded and you don't get it back. It gets sold and the money goes back to the community.

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