GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Memorial Day weekend is the second deadliest holiday for drivers, that’s according to one study posted online.
Meanwhile, the Colorado Department of Transportation is kicking off its Memorial Weekend DUI enforcement period on Friday.
According to C-DOT, last May there were 16 fatalities on Colorado roadways related to impaired drivers.
More specifically, during the 2019 Memorial Holiday weekend alone, over 300 people were arrested for impaired driving on Colorado roads.
According to C-DOT, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused fatal crashes on our roads to decrease by about 25%, but that’s likely due to the decrease in traffic since mid March and C-DOT is expecting to see an increase during the holiday weekend.
“We are expecting to see a little bit of a spike in fatal crashes like we normally would particularly due to drugs and alcohol,” said Sam Cole, a Traffic Safety Communications Manager at C-DOT, “The spike in fatalities doesn’t have to happen, we want to get people before they crash, we want to prevent those fatal crashes from happening,”
Cole says 75 law enforcement agencies across the state will be participating in the enforcement.