12 DUI arrests during holiday saturation patrol

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— The Colorado State Patrol made 12 driving under the influence arrests during a weeklong saturation patrol, Sgt. Scott Elliott said.

The saturation patrol was conducted in Moffat, Rio Blanco, Routt, Grand and Jackson counties from March 12 through Thursday. There were no checkpoints.

State Patrol staffed extra officers throughout the week, some earning overtime pay. A Colorado Division of Trans­portation grant fund paid for the extra officer hours.

During the week, there were two DUI arrests and one DUI-related crash in the Craig area.

On St. Patrick’s Day, there was one DUI arrest in Craig and one in Steamboat Springs.

“This is pretty typical for St. Patrick’s Day being in the middle of the week versus a holiday weekend,” Elliott said. “Had St. Patrick’s Day been on the weekend, we would have expected more arrests.

“But because it was during the week, obviously fewer people were drinking or drinking and driving or they heeded the messages and got rides and used designated sober drivers,” Elliott said.

Elliott was pleased with the low number of crashes.

“The best thing we look at is what happens crash-wise,” he said. “The whole point of our system is to prevent the crashes, so this was a fairly typical week for us.”

The Craig Police Department and Moffat County Sheriff’s Office did not participate in the saturation patrols and had no DUI arrests on St. Patrick’s Day.

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