More than 860 people were arrested for drunken driving in Colorado between Aug. 27 and Sunday – the first time the state has tracked data for that period, officials told the Rocky Mountain News. The crackdown was part of a nationwide effort to target drunken drivers during that 17-day period in the waning weeks of summer.
The funding for Colorado enforcement came from federal grants and fees collected from convicted drunken drivers in the state. Total dollar figures on the cost of the crackdown were not available Sunday, although the state spent $400,000 on an advertising blitz. Among local police agencies, the Colorado Springs Police Department registered the most arrests with 62. The largest single-day total was 34 on Sept. 3 in El Paso County.