This Sunday is the Super Bowl. This weekend means the end of another NFL season. It also means another weekend of increased Colorado State Patrol "The Heat Is On" DUI checkpoints. 

I've lived in four states the past several years. This is the first place I've lived where Super Bowl weekend was considered an "increased alcohol consumption" weekend. Local and state law enforcement will be out in force tonight through Monday to apprehend intoxicated drivers in Mesa County.

According to Denver Post, officers statewide arrested 325 suspected DUI drivers during last year’s Super Bowl weekend. Don't chance it. Those that do risk their lives and the lives of others.

Ray Michaels

On average, a DUI can cost more than $13,500, considering fines, legal fees and increased insurance costs, according to CDOT. Penalties increase for repeat offenders.

  • Detox/Jail.....$303
  • Defense Attorney....$3650 (average)
  • Alcohol/Drug Treatment and Education....$1000
  • Probation Supervision Fee........$900
  • Ignition Interlock....$2172
  • Auto Insurance Increase.......$3600

So if your Super Bowl celebrations include drinking, choose a designated driver or find another option. Have a happy and safe Super Bowl weekend!

Go Falcons! The Patriots already have enough championships don't you think?

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