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Cops out in force for Thanksgiving

Published: November 27, 2013, 7:28 pm, by Garrison Wells

In case the plan is to imbibe beyond your limits, you might want a designated driver.

There will be cops everywhere Thanksgiving through Dec. 2.

“Hard at work cracking down on impaired driving,” is how the  Colorado Department of Transportation and Colorado State Patrol put it in a news release for the “The Heat Is On” campaign.

In 2012, there were 563 arrests and five alcohol-related fatalities during the Thanksgiving enforcement period, the news release says. 

All five  fatalities were males between the ages of 18 and 34.

“The goal of increased DUI enforcement is to protect families from losing a loved one to a crime that is totally preventable,” said Colonel Scott Hernandez, chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “As Coloradans travel throughout the state to partake in Thanksgiving festivities, law enforcement will be out in force doing everything possible to keep our roadways safe.”

More details about the campaign, including DUI enforcement plans, arrest totals and safety tips, can be found at HeatIsOnColorado.com.

The web site includes links to new apps for iPhones and Android phones to check your blood alcohol content and call a cab if necessary.