According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, 296 people were arrested for DUI statewide over the Fourth of July weekend. Denver police made 48 DUI-related arrests, Aurora police arrested 35, Colorado Springs police arrested 22 and the Colorado State Patrol arrested 30. The arrests and subsequent charges were part of Colorado's "The Heat is On" campaign, a statewide program that focuses on increased enforcement during 12 time periods each year, including national holidays and large public events.
DUI charges can lead to serious penalties including incarceration, fines, community service and license revocation. If the individual has multiple prior DUI convictions, or caused an accident resulting in death or serious injury, they can be charged with a felony and may face decades in prison if convicted.