DUI patrols out in force for Super Bowl weekend

Posted at 9:29 PM, Feb 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-05 00:23:56-05

Law enforcement agencies across the state are increasing patrols for Super Bowl weekend.

"We see a big increase in drunk driving, and drunk driving crashes," said Colorado State Patrol Trooper Josh Lewis.

In 2015, 234 people were arrested for impaired driving during the Super Bowl in Colorado.

When the Broncos played the Seahawks in 2014, that number jumped to 327, which is a 40 percent increase in the number of DUI's when compared to 2015.

"We see a big increase in drunk driving, and drunk driving crashes," said Lewis.

Lewis said state patrol will be out in full force this weekend, in both marked and unmarked cars.

"We're going to be patrolling the main areas that we know are always problem spots throughout the state of Colorado, you may not see us but we'll certainly be looking for those drunk drivers," he said.

Troopers want to prevent another tragedy like the one that took the life of Trooper Jaimie Jursevics.

Jursevics was hit and killed on Interstate 25 by an alleged drunk driver who was on his way home from a Broncos game in November 2015.

Retired Army Colonel Eric Henderson was still wearing his Number 18 Peyton Manning jersey in his booking photo.

"People will make that selfish choice to get behind the wheel," said Lewis.

"I think people get caught up and forget to plan ahead," said Colorado's Executive Director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving Fran Lanzer.

Lanzer said Super Bowl Sunday is one of the deadliest days out on the roads.

"In 2014 on Super Bowl Sunday 43 people were killed on our roads," he said.

"Whatever party you're at, have a plan ahead of time and understand that we are out and we're going to be out in force," said Lewis.