New Year's DUI Arrests In Colorado Down 14% From Previous Year

COLORADO:  Colorado law enforcement authorities arrested 14 percent fewer drunken-driving suspects this New Year’s holiday than during the previous year’s festivities, a sign that people might be finding a safer way home.

“It’s hard to tell; we don’t know for sure, but that’s a hope,” said Emily Wilfong, spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Transportation. “We’re trending with lower fatalities over the holidays.”

The weeklong enforcement period of increased patrols, supported through state grants, caps off a year that saw 28 percent fewer arrests during the 12-period enforcement cycle than in 2012. Factors such as agency participation and funding also affect arrest numbers.