State Patrol plans DUI check points for New Year's Eve

By: Ashley Prchal Email
By: Ashley Prchal Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - New Year's Eve is right around the corner and while you prepare to let loose, law enforcement is preparing to buckle down.

With New Year's Eve plans in the making, it's important to remember to think ahead and start brainstorming ways you can hit the bars and holiday parties, but still make it home safe and without a DUI.

Dustin McCarter is a bouncer at Quincy bar on Main Street. He says he frequently sees drunk drivers. "Just a typical night I guess," says McCarter.

And on New Year's Eve, he's not expecting anything different. "Pretty crazy, a lot of people drinking," he says.

McCarter says the bar where he works takes drunk driving very seriously. "We try to stop people from drinking so much before they leave and we try to call a designated driver or taxi cab," says McCarter.

But he says they can only do so much.

Captain Ed Clark with Colorado State Patrol says the agency doesn't want to rain on anyone's parade, but if you drink more than the legal limit of .08, you'd better find another way home.

"For New year's Eve, we will have increased patrols, the whole task force and we will also have a DUI check point," says Clark.

And it's won't just be a hefty bar tab. The average DUI can put you back almost $9,500. And Clark says don't think you can fool the system. "We did hold a DUI check point Office Party Weekend, which was Dec. 18, and we did have seven arrests that evening," says Clark.

For McCarter, he says the Quincy staff will be keeping an eye out for drunk drivers and doing their best to prevent them from getting behind the wheel. "We can tell if someone is too intoxicated and the fist thing we do is offer a cab or a designated driver service," says McCarter.

State Patrol says they understand it's fun to go out and drink on New Year's Eve, but they ask that you make it home safe and never drink and drive. And they say the best way to avoid a DUI is to have a plan before you go out.

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