DUI patrols still out in force

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— The heat will stay on for three more days.

Steamboat Springs Police Capt. Joel Rae said local police will have additional patrols in place for the holiday weekend, through Monday.

The increased patrols are part of an annual, 18-day, statewide drunken driving crackdown campaign, dubbed "The Heat is On."

Rae did not have exact numbers for the number of local driving under the influence arrests this year as compared to last year, but said they have gone up.

"The numbers are well above last year's as far as DUI arrests," he said.

Eleven days into the crackdown, which started Aug.17, a total of 815 people had been arrested for DUI in Colorado, according to a press release from the Colorado Department of Transportation. Last year, according to CDOT, the crackdown yielded almost 2,000 DUI arrests.

Colorado State Patrol Chief Mark Trostel wrote in the release that law enforcement would be "in full force this Labor Day weekend : The Labor Day holiday can be one of the deadliest times of the year as people take to the roads and try to squeeze as many last-minute summer activities into the weekend as possible."

Trostel cautioned drivers to buckle up, not drink and drive, and have a safe holiday weekend.

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