CDOT - The Heat Is On begins Friday

The Heat Is On for Sturgis Rally DUI Enforcement

Enforcement begins Friday 

 

STATEWIDE — As motorcyclists flock to the Sturgis Rally in South Dakota, Colorado law enforcement agencies will be on patrol for impaired drivers and riders from Aug. 2-12. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and local agencies will team up to conduct the Sturgis Rally DUI enforcement period to protect Coloradans from impaired drivers this summer. DUI enforcement periods are one of the many components of CDOT’s Whole System – Whole Safetyinitiative, which aims to reduce the number of impaired drivers on the road to get all Coloradans home safely.

 

“Our goal is to keep everyone on Colorado’s roads safe,” said Shoshana Lew, CDOT Executive Director. “During the summer months, the number of motorcycles on the roads increases, especially for the Sturgis Rally. This enforcement period is meant to deter impaired riding and driving in August.”

 

In 2019, there have been 59 motorcycle fatalities on Colorado’s roadways, which represents 19 percent of all traffic fatalities this year. The goal of this enforcement period is to create increased awareness of the risks of impaired riding and driving.

 

“Whether someone is behind the wheel of a car or the handlebars of a motorcycle, they are putting themselves and others at risk by traveling impaired,” said Col. Matthew Packard, CSP Chief. “The Sturgis Rally is an annual celebration for motorcyclists and we encourage anyone who consumes alcohol along the way to refrain from riding impaired.”

 

As part this year’s The Heat Is On campaign, CDOT will again partner with BACtrack, a leading personal and professional breathalyzer company, to urge Coloradans to check their blood-alcohol content (BAC) to confirm they are sober before they drive or ride. Through the partnership, breathalyzers will be offered at a 50 percent discount for Colorado residents from July to September, or while supplies last. Residents can visit codot.bactrack.com to place an order.

 

For more information on CDOT’s efforts this summer, including impaired driving enforcement plans for each county, arrest totals and safety tips, visit https://www.codot.gov/safety