This weekend you can expect to see some roving DUI checkpoints in Larimer County, as well as increased patrols and checkpoints through the Labor Day weekend.

Be smart and be safe out there.From the Larimer County Sheriff's Office:

The Larimer County Sheriff's Office and the Larimer County DUI Task Force will be conducting roving DUI checkpoints this Friday, August 16. In addition, increased patrols will be added throughout the National Crackdown Labor Day enforcement period which begins Friday, August 16th and runs through Monday, September 2nd.

The checkpoints are part of the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Checkpoint Colorado campaign and The Heat is On. The time and location of checkpoints are not released in advance.

The goals of the checkpoints are to decrease the number of impaired drivers on Colorado roadways, educate the public regarding the dangers of drinking and driving, and to prevent alcohol related traffic fatalities.

According to CDOT, each year more than 26,000 people are arrested for DUI and nearly 150 people are killed in alcohol-related traffic crashes – representing more than one-third of Colorado’s total motor vehicle fatalities. Drug impaired driving is also a serious problem, with 16% of fatalities (2006-2010) involving drivers who tested positive for drugs. Last year, the Larimer County Sheriff's Office made 49 DUI arrests during this period of time.

On average a DUI can cost more than $10,270 dollars in court fees, insurance premiums, alcohol education classes, the loss of your license and in some cases an ignition interlock that has to be installed in your car.

In addition to the Larimer County Sheriff's Office, the Larimer County DUI Task Force includes Fort Collins Police Services, Loveland Police Department, Colorado State University Police Department and the Colorado State Patrol.

If you plan on drinking or using drugs, please make alternate plans for transportation. Remember, drive sober or get pulled over.

Here are a few numbers for Taxis and car service in Northern Colorado in case you need them.

  • All American Limo Service (970) 310-3727
  • Central Car Service (970) 223-9933
  • Greeley Taxi (970) 324-7728
  • MPG-Express (970) 390-1235
  • Peak to Peak Taxi (970) 586-6111
  • Super Shuttle (970) 226-6886
  • Sapphire Car Service (970) 545-0919
  • Yellow Cab (970) 224-2222