Police to up DUI patrol for Halloween

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Steamboat Springs Police Department will step up efforts to stop impaired drivers beginning at 10 p.m. today for the Halloween weekend.

Sgt. Nick Bosick said officers also would be out in extra force from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights.

"Our biggest concern is making sure everyone has a safe weekend and that nobody gets hurt," Bosick said.

Halloween was not among the holidays during which officers usually make a large number of such arrests, even though a lot of people are out celebrating, Bosick said.

"Typically we will see adults in costumes roaming the streets at 4 a.m. after they've been out, but we also see a lot of parked cars, which is good," he said.

According to Colorado De--part-ment of Transportation statistics, 161 DUI arrests were made across the state during Halloween weekend in 2004. Five DUI arrests were made in Steamboat during last Halloween weekend.

Bosick said the police department would not be conducting any sobriety checkpoints during Halloween.

He advised people planning to drink to have a designated driver or to take an alternative mode of transportation.

"Take the bus," he said. "Don't use all your money at the bars, save some for a cab."

Bosick also urged residents to remember that children celebrate Halloween, too, and will be running around in neighborhoods Monday night.

"We still see kids out trick-or-treating at about 11 p.m. or midnight," he said.

The increased patrols are funded by a Law Enforcement Assistance Fund grant.

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