COLORADO SPRINGS -
The heat is back on as law enforcement across Colorado cracks down on buzzed drivers.
‘The Heat Is On’ campaign is designed to send out a clear message, the two d’s, drinking and driving — don't mix well!
Patrols increased since DUI arrests during the St. Patrick's Day Enforcement went up one 33 percent compared to last year.
Now, the heat is on, again.
“The Colorado State Patrol in El Paso County will have four additional troopers working the road during that time period, working specifically on DUI patrol along with regular duty troopers."
Corporal Rob Debelak is one of the state troopers -- specifically designated to be on the lookout for drunk drivers.
I went on a ride along to learn how officers will be cracking down.
"We want the public to know we care about traffic safety while increasing our numbers during the enforcement period to have the greatest effect on reducing impaired driving.
Extra patrols will be on the road until mid-may so your best bet, “"Expect zero tolerance for impaired driving."
In case you think you can drive, CDOT created an app called “R U Buzzed" to help to track your own BAC level.
Its simple entering weight and amount of alcohol consumed the app compares the user's estimated BAC with Colorado’s DUI laws. It also estimates when the driver will be sober.
"The Colorado State Patrol would like to remind the public to plan ahead before driving whether you're drinking, consuming marihuana. As always, please buckle up!"
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office and Colorado Springs PD d will also have extra officers on duty.