315 DUI busts in Colorado over Super Bowl weekend make Broncos' loss worse

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The Broncos' loss to Seattle in the Super Bowl was an awful experience for every true fan of the team. But hundreds of Coloradans also experienced something considerably worse -- and the vast majority of them got what they deserved: arrested.

Specifically, the state Department of Transportation says 315 drivers in the state were penalized for driving under the influence over Super Bowl weekend. We've got numbers for several metro-area communities plus comparisons to other enforcement periods below.

The good news: The arrest total between January 31 and February 3 -- a period that wrapped around the February 2 game -- is actually lower than the one for the 2013 Super Bowl, when the Broncos weren't even in the running.

Back then, 421 arrests were made, perhaps reflecting Broncos lovers' dismay that the Baltimore Ravens, who'd spoiled Denver's dreams of a championship a few weeks earlier, got the opportunity to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.

Still, the decrease isn't being celebrated by those flagged this year -- and it's no surprise that the largest share of arrests took place in the franchise's hometown.

Denver led the DUI pack with forty, followed by Aurora with 34 and Colorado Springs at 21. And nearly half of the 315 overall arrests -- 148 -- took place on Super Bowl Sunday.

Preliminary reports also point to one impaired-driving fatality -- but this digit, like all the other ones, could rise as more municipalities submit their records to CDOT.

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A photo of a 2013 DUI checkpoint.
The information trickles in so slowly that, according to department spokeswoman Emily Wilfong, figures won't be finalized for months. For now, though, Super Bowl numbers are also below those racked up this past Halloween, when 386 DUI arrests were made statewide between 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30, and 3 a.m. Monday, November 4.

Even though both events were equally scary.

As for the next major CDOT enforcement period, it will take place over St. Patrick's Day Weekend, with additional enforcement in place from Friday, March 14, through Sunday, March 17. Let's hope those arrested around not-so-Super Bowl time take the opportunity to line up a designated driver now, so they don't become two-time losers.

Of course, the Broncos are now five time Super Bowl losers -- but that doesn't mean anyone else should try keeping up with them.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our News archive circa November 2013: "At least 386 DUI busts in Colorado over Halloween, final numbers will be higher."

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John McLaughlin
John McLaughlin

Way to ruin a bunch more people's lives. And I don't feel one bit safer.

LibTardsInParadise
LibTardsInParadise

I predict a dramatic DECLINE in DUI fatalities in the coming years due to the legalization of ganja here. This will be due to a increase in the number of people who are choosing to smoke herb VS drink alcohol on any given night of the week. You could cut this number down even further by opening 'bar' type establishments where herb can be consumed in a public social setting. This will reduce the number of fatalities due to excessive bar drinking, then driving. You will see a decline in fatalities in the coming years and then the numbers will level out to reflect the reduced number of drinking deaths in the state....

B Jonathan Balliet
B Jonathan Balliet

At $13,000 a pop on average, you can do the math yourself for what was made by Colorado in one day. Do you really think the States want to change any of this by funding health, education, or restorative justice processes? Doubtful. And FYI, more than half of these violators will not only push the legal system to its limits, but will also bring criminal and or civil actions against the liquor licenses OR friends that served them. Broken system and no personal responsibility.

Daniel Klehm
Daniel Klehm

That is way way less than 1 percent of the population I mean out of what 2 million people

Sher Quintana
Sher Quintana

Westword writer you suck! This artical does not apply to ALL TRUE FANS!

Tom Spain
Tom Spain

Fuck the cops and fuck big city entrapment. Pulling over everyone on the road should be illegal. How many DUI "offenders" would be home safe and without incident if the police weren't actively seeking them out before they did anything wrong? It's all a money game. Next time you hear about all the drunk driving fatalities, look at the numbers of non alcohol related fatalities there are. Drunk driving is much less dangerous than stupid driving. Too bad we can't give tickets for retarded driving!

Lauren Hamby
Lauren Hamby

If you can't afford a cab, you can't afford to drink. C'mon people.

Henry Kelsey
Henry Kelsey

NO, the public transportation in colorado sucks ass compared to other large cities. give it about 20 more years, then, maybe then they will go almost anywhere.

Ed Haas
Ed Haas

And some people worry about weed.....

Henry Kelsey
Henry Kelsey

LOL first of all, how many of those were from smoking weed? Second, if you really think that someone in colorado getting fucked up had anything to do with the donkies losing, then I have a bridge in AZ to sell you. LOL

Ehron Moats
Ehron Moats

Dumb ass people! We have public transportation in Colorado to just about anywhere.

Tim Mansour
Tim Mansour

No wonder the DWI/DWAI cottage industry is booming out there. Interlocks a-plenty!

contact227
contact227

DUI arrests would have gone up if it was close game. Colorado fans would of kept drinking all game. Blowout, so they went home early.  Maybe the same thing will happen for St Patrick's Day  :)   http://www.Dui-Colorado-dwi.com

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

A real reporter would have determined how many STONERS were charged with DUI-marijuana.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... may your life be ruined by a drunk driver, asswipe.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@LibTardsInParadise  <== idiotic retard stoner who thinks people "switch" from alcohol to pot, instead of simply adding pot to their drugs of abuse.



bondadprevalece
bondadprevalece topcommenter

@LibTardsInParadise  LOL, the myth that high drivers aren't dangerous. The entire appeal of weed is that it dulls your senses and makes you act like a moron.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... and now they have all the ADDITIONAL STONERS who get busted for DUI-marijuana thanks to the festering turd A64.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

"fuck big city entrapment."


LOL! ... so who forced you to Drink AND Drive, asswipe?



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... so stay HOME and drink, loser.

LibTardsInParadise
LibTardsInParadise

@DonkeyHotay  More stoned drivers on the road = LESS drunk drivers on the road. Which equals LESS dead people. Colorado made the SMART decision to legalize marijuana. The only people upset about it are the police and the pedophiles over at SMART COLORADO....And maybe DonkeyFucktard.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@LibTardsInParadise "More stoned drivers on the road = LESS drunk drivers on the road"


LOL! ... typical brain-dead bong-sucking stoner retardism.


More stoned drivers + existing drunk drivers = MORE danger for everyone, you pathetic shit-sucking know-nothing imbecile.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay

@LibTardsInParadise @DonkeyHotay You know I'm a bitter little man.  Forced to live in my mother's basement and lure underage boys to kill time with.  No one accepts my ideas, so I rant with a dozen or so names because no one likes me.  I hope to get the medication I deserve some day.

LibTardsInParadise
LibTardsInParadise

@DonkeyHotay  Because drunk fucks kill people. Stoner's not so much....People in state's where weed is more readily available drink less. You do realize that they are currently treating alcoholism with marijuana, right? This means less drunk fuck killers on the road. Get it?

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