DUI crackdown including fewer checkpoints

Joe Dominguez, Multimedia Journalist - Pueblo Chieftain Bureau , j.dominguez@krdo.com
POSTED: 11:13 PM MDT May 24, 2013    UPDATED: 11:20 PM MDT May 24, 2013 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

Colorado Springs police and El Paso County Sheriff's deputies will be taking drunk drivers off the road this summer without a traditional safety tool.

In the past, driving under the influence checkpoints ramped up every summer as part of the annual Heat Is On campaign.

Now several law enforcement agencies are foregoing the checkpoints and spreading their officers out.

A DUI checkpoint watchdog group that tracks checkpoints across the state shows the decrease. Most occurred in the Denver area. The last one in El Paso county happened in January at Fort Carson. The site showed no DUI checkpoints in Pueblo over the last several years.

In 2012, there were 653 DUI arrests in Pueblo County and 2,659 in El Paso County.