Aurora cops lead state in New Year’s DUI arrests

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AURORA | Aurora police nabbed more suspected drunk drivers than any other Colorado police department over the New Year’s weekend crackdown, according to data released Friday from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Aurora cops arrested a total of 30 people on DUI charges during the five-day crackdown, including 11 each on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

That figures tops Colorado Springs police, with 23, and Denver police, who arrested 17, according to figures released Jan. 6 by CDOT.

Statewide, 272 people were arrested on DUI charges, down from 396 during last year’s enforcement, CDOT said.

“Impaired drivers are a significant obstacle in our effort to achieve zero traffic deaths,” Darrell Lingk, director of the Office of Transportation Safety at CDOT, said in the statement announcing the data. “We will continue to pursue effective means to ensure people are not driving impaired in 2017, and that will include several DUI enforcement periods.”

In all, 197 people were killed in impaired driving crashes in Colorado last year, according to preliminary data from CDOT. That’s up from 182 fatalities in 2015. Over the New Year holiday, CDOT said there was one alcohol-related fatality, according to preliminary data.