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New Year's Eve DUI crackdown enforcement

New Year's Eve DUI crackdown enforcement

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Colorado State Patrol and Colorado Springs police are enforcing their DUI crackdown campaign Friday through Tuesday.

No matter where or how anyone plans on ringing in the new year, except to see more officers out on the roads.

"We want our community to really enjoy the holiday season. Get out, have fun, but don't get behind that wheel when you've been drinking," said Lt. Howard black, with Colorado Springs police.

KRDO dug through data for DUI numbers on New Year's Eve weekend in Colorado Springs. Over the past 10 years, numbers fluctuated between 20 to 30 DUIs over the weekend. The highest number we found was 56 DUI arrests in 2007.

In effort to reduce DUI numbers, several companies, like Lyft, are offering discounted rides. By using the promo code CODOTridesafe, users can obtain a $20 credit on New Year's Eve. McDivitt Law Firm is also helping by paying for a cab ride home on New Year's Eve night.

"If you're charged with a DUI, you're going to need to have an attorney. An attorney can cost $10,000 in legal fees, which is really not uncommon," said Mike McDivitt, CEO of McDivitt Law Firm.

In 2015, nearly 400 drivers were arrested for DUI in Colorado on New Year's Eve weekend.

Since 2007, McDivitt has offered free rides to help reduce numbers and create awareness.

"Last year on New Year's Eve we spent about $13,000 and over 700 rides," McDivitt said.

Thirty-one percent of fatal accidents occur between midnight at 3 a.m. 

"Before you get to your party location think about how you're going to get home whether its a taxi or you have a designated driver," Black said.

In Denver, the RTD is also offering free rides on New Year's Eve night from 7 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.
 


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