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Thanksgiving DUI enforcement runs through Nov. 27

The Journal

The Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol and statewide law enforcement agencies will ramp up DUI enforcement efforts from Nov. 17-27 during the Thanksgiving holiday.

A total of 111 agencies will participate in the campaign, which could include checkpoints, saturation patrols or an increased number of patrols.

During the long weekend in 2016, there were six fatalities on Colorado roads, one of which involved an impaired driver.

The effort is part of CDOT’s ongoing The Heat Is On campaign to enforce Colorado DUI and DWAI laws to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities caused by impaired drivers in Colorado. Last year, 101 law enforcement agencies arrested 522 impaired drivers during the same 10-day enforcement period.

CDOT recommends personal breathalyzers as a resource for checking your blood alcohol content to confirm you are sober before you drive. CDOT’s R-U-Buzzed app is another useful DUI-prevention resource. The app allows users to track their BAC based on information they enter — weight, gender and the number and type of drinks consumed in a given time. The app compares the user’s estimated BAC with Colorado laws, and includes a “Back to Zero” estimate, which approximates when the user will be completely sober after they stop drinking. Download the free R-U-Buzzed app for iPhone and Android: onelink.to/r-u-buzzed.

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