DUI checkpoints up for Winefest
The Colorado State Patrol today will be heading up a series of drunken-driver checkpoints around Palisade with an eye on Colorado Mountain Winefest.
The checkpoints will be moving “two to three times” in the Palisade area from 2–7 p.m., according to State Trooper Don Moseman.
Moseman said the agency also will have three troopers, in addition to normal weekend personnel numbers, assigned to the area on Saturday specifically to look for drunken drivers.
Moseman said the festival in years past “hasn’t been any worse or better” in terms of impaired drivers leaving a local event where alcohol is served.
“We’re just trying to be proactive,” he said.
Last year was the first that the Colorado State Patrol targeted Winefest with checkpoints.
Of the 17 people who were detained and asked to perform roadside tests, one person was arrested for DUI, according to State Patrol figures.
Winefest activities are scheduled through Sunday in the Palisade area.