The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has been working to increase enforcement of impaired drivers, as El Paso County is leading the state in impaired driver traffic related fatalities. As part of our ongoing efforts, we are one of many agencies who participate in the High Visibility Enforcement Grant.
As a part of the grant process, we have been tracking DUI arrests from April 1st of the prior year, to March 31st of the given year.
At this time last year, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office had arrested 360 DUI drivers.
At the same time this year, with our current stepped up efforts, we have arrested 604 impaired drivers; an increase of more than 200 impaired driving arrests.
The newly re-established Traffic Enforcement Unit is working closely with our law enforcement partners hoping to more than double our High Visibility Enforcement and DUI patrols for the coming year.
If you drive impaired in El Paso County, you will get caught. Deputies report that they are seeing the largest increase from marijuana and drug impaired drivers; many of whom are under the false impression that smoking marijuana does not impair a person’s ability to drive.