COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — St. Patrick’s Day celebrations bring out a lot of enthusiasm in people.
Unfortunately, that can also mean folks not being responsible and driving drunk.
Monday, the DUI arrest numbers for 2016 came in.
The numbers from Colorado Springs police showed 32 DUI arrests that stretched over eight days during The Heat Is On DUI crackdown.
Overall, it was safer than anticipated.
During great weather like during the parade, police anticipate more people getting out and being irresponsible, but it wasn’t that way this year.
“It was very safe. We did not see any fatal traffic accidents and we did not see any major injury accidents,” said Lt. Catherine Buckley of the Colorado Springs Police Department.
The Irish pub Jack Quinn’s downtown also saw people being safe and drinking responsibly.
“We had a pretty good year. We had no incidents to report. It was really, really controlled and well done,” said Martin Troy of Jack Quinn’s.
In 2014, CSPD arrested 41 people over five days for DUIs.
In 2015, 31 people were arrested over seven days.
This year, 32 people got put in cuffs over eight days because of driving drunk.
The lower numbers over the past two years could be for a couple of reasons.
It could be because of the timing of the holiday, but police said it shows the crackdowns are working.
“We always hope that we are getting the message across. We always hope that people are taking the alternatives that are out there,” said Buckley.
Overall, police said The Heat Is On campaign for the Springs was a success.
“If we got that one individual off the road, by arresting them, that would have hit your family or friends, then that’s what’s important,” said Buckley.