Craig briefs: Heightened enforcement kicks off; drive sober |

Craig briefs: Heightened enforcement kicks off; drive sober

As Coloradans tuck away their winter gear and swimwear resurfaces for Memorial Day weekend, the Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol and local law enforcement statewide are ready for the next The Heat Is On DUI enforcement period. DUI arrests traditionally rise during the holiday weekend and increased patrols are necessary to keep roads safe. The intensified patrols began Friday and will run until Tuesday. A total of 78 law enforcement agencies across the state will participate.

“Between 2007 and 2015, there were 67 traffic fatalities on Colorado roads during Memorial Day weekends,” Darrell Lingk, director of the Office of Transportation Safety at CDOT, said in a statement. “Of those 67 fatalities, an alarming 41 (61 percent) were alcohol related. The need for The Heat Is On enforcement periods is clearly evident, particularly over Memorial Day weekend.”

Last year, 301 arrests were made during the five-day enforcement period.

Many state offices close Monday for holiday

In observance of Memorial Day, many state offices will be closed on Monday.

State driver’s license offices, the Department of Public Health and Environment’s vital records office and executive branch departments will be among the facilities closed Monday.

All of Colorado’s state parks and visitor centers will be open and staffed, but Colorado Parks and Wildlife administrative offices will be closed. State troopers will be patrolling the highways and Department of Transportation maintenance crews will be working as necessary.

Coffee and a Newspaper takes place Wednesday

Join the Craig Daily Press at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1 at The Memorial Hospital for its monthly Coffee and a Newspaper event. In June, the newspaper will discuss retail marijuana with Craig residents and law enforcement. What would it take to get retail marijuana legalized in Craig? For more information, call 970-875-1788. Free coffee and pastries will be provided.

Community Dinner set for Friday, downtown

Yampa Valley Young Professionals have teamed up with the Downtown Business Association to offer a free Yampa Valley Community Dinner to Craig residents from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at Alice Pleasant Park in Downtown Craig. Live entertainment and a cash only beer garden will also be available until 9 p.m. The event is part of DBA’s Friday Fest that will feature a farmers market each Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.

For more information, call Kirstie McPherson at 970-629-5915.

Steamboat, Craig host storm spotter training

Those interested in severe thunderstorms, lightning, and tornadoes are invited to the free storm spotter training at the Steamboat Today building in Steamboat Springs on June 6, or the training session at the Moffat County Courthouse in Craig on June 7. These two-hour basic storm spotter classes will start at 6 p.m. In Steamboat Springs, the training will be followed by an optional advanced class from 8 to 9 p.m. For more information, call the National Weather Service in Grand Junction at 970-243-7007, or go to its website

CDOT works to curb driving impaired by pot

The Colorado Department of Transportation’s new drugged driving awareness campaign, “Dangerous Combinations,” sends a simple and honest message: driving high is dangerous and illegal, according to a CDOT news release.

In a self-reported survey conducted last year by CDOT, nearly 55 percent of marijuana users reported having driven impaired an average of seven days per month. And according to the Colorado State Patrol, so far this year, nearly one out of every five DUIs in Colorado involves marijuana.

CDOT will continue to address all forms of impaired driving, including alcohol, drugs and prescription medication, to decrease crashes and fatalities on Colorado roads. CDOT urges marijuana users to arrange safe transportation any time they choose to consume.

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