Law enforcement officials in Colorado say they made 1,342 DUI arrests between August 16 and September 3 — a time period during which they typically ramp up enforcement efforts in preparation for Labor Day Weekend, reports TheDenverChannel.com.
Just to put this in context, because it sounds like a lot, this works out to an annual number of 24,973 arrests. The 10-year average is usually between 30,000 and 35,000 consistently. 1,300 arrests for 100 agencies over 19 days is two arrests every three days per entire agency. If they don’t sound like they are doing something special, they won’t get that extra grant funding for their next holiday ‘crackdown.'”
This same propaganda gets spread throughout the news channels over every holiday weekend and DUI checkpoint. The reality is that these “crackdowns” are no more effective than normal every day enforcement, except they come at a higher cost and the public is paying for it.
Even though the Labor Day arrests weren’t as plentiful as the media outlets have made them seem, it’s still important for all drivers to make responsible decisions before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. With Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up in the next few months, it’s likely that law enforcement officials will continue to step up their efforts to crack down on drunk drivers around the holidays.