DUI enforcement units to target impaired drivers

By Chief William Rockensock
Special to The SUN

The Pagosa Springs Police Department is participating in the upcoming 2012 High Visibility Impaired Driving Enforcement (HVIDE) campaigns.

Enforcement periods for the New Years Eve holiday are Dec. 28 through Jan. 2.

Officers will be designated as DUI enforcement units, targeting alcohol related driving offenses.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) In 2010, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes – one every 51 minutes.

The Pagosa Springs Police Department wants to remind everyone that if they observe a driver they believe to be impaired, they should contact the Archuleta County Combined Dispatch Center at 731-2160 or dial 911.


This story was posted on December 21, 2012.

2 Responses to DUI enforcement units to target impaired drivers

  1. littledrummerboy

    December 21, 2012 at 11:37 am

    i don’t even drink, but in my opinion this type of police activity is just lazy. hiding in the bushes waiting for a drunk driver to come along is just a tactic the police use to make the public believe they are actually doing something. while drunk driving is indeed a problem in metropolitan areas, it is hardly an epidemic in our little community of pagosa. it is no wonder the night life in this town is lacking, with intimidation and fear tactics being imposed upon its citizens. perhaps the police should be investigating crimes that have already occurred, or maybe they simply have too much time on their hands. the dui enforcement campaign is designed simply to make the police look like they are cracking down, providing the appearance that they are in control.

  2. Sick of Stupid

    December 21, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    littledrummerboy, I respectfully disagree. If the police investigated crimes which already occurred, society would be full of crime. There would be no need for patrol officers. There would only be detectives. There would be homicide investigations instead of saving lives and killing the bad guys. There would be burglary investigations instead of catching someone climbing out a window. There would be crashes caused by DUI and people dying instead of the detection of DUI drivers before they crash.