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Cops net 315 in Colorado for DUI over Super Bowl weekend

Published: February 12, 2014, 12:05 am, by Garrison Wells

Ramped up law enforcers in Colorado nabbed 315 residents for DUI over Super Bowl weekend.

Increased enforcement ran from Jan. 31 through Feb. 3, according to a news release from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

“We know that Broncos fans are some of the most respectful football fans in the country,” said Col. Scott Hernandez, chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “Unfortunately, a portion of fans acted irresponsibly and put everyone on the road at risk.”

Nearly 100 law enforcement agencies across the state joined forces for the program, called the Heat is On.

Of the 315 arrests, 148 were on Super Bowl Sunday.

Denver had the most, 40, followed by Aurora with 34 and Colorado Springs, 21.

The numbers were down  when compared to 2013 when 421 arrests were made, CDOT said.

Preliminary reports indicate one person died while driving under the influence.

Coloradans can expect even tougher enforcement during the next enforcement period over St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

The next Heat is On DUI crackdown begins Friday, March 14 and lasts through Monday, March 17.

The Heat Is On runs the all year with 12 DUI enforcement periods on national holidays and large, public events. More details about the DUI enforcement plans and arrest results can be found at HeatIsOnColorado.com.