Anyone celebrating the long Memorial Day weekend can expect an increased police presence on the roads, including a DUI checkpoint this evening.
The checkpoint will be on South Chambers Road and last from 9 p.m. Friday until 3 a.m Saturday, police said.
Motorists passing through the checkpoint will be contacted briefly by an officer looking for signs of intoxication and impairment, police said.
A National Highway Transportation Safety Administration grant and the Colorado Department of Transportation’s “Heat is On” campaign pay for the checkpoint and others like it throughout the summer, police said.
Friday’s checkpoint is one of three around the metro area along with Denver and Lakewood, according to CDOT. Checkpoints are also planned Saturday in Jefferson County, CDOT said.
The Colorado State Patrol said they are particularly focused on DUI this summer because of an uptick last year in alcohol-related traffic fatalities.
Last year 185 people died in alcohol-related traffic crashes, according to State Patrol. That was a 19 percent spike from 2010, when there were a record-low 150.
“The fact that alcohol-related traffic deaths went up last year should be a wake-up call to everyone. Drunk and drug-impaired driving remains a serious crime in our state, and it’s time we all work together to put an end to it and save lives,” Colonel James Wolfinbarger, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol, said in a statement.