The Colorado State Patrol announced the launching of its ‘100 Days of Heat’ campaign that starts today. The campaign is an intensive crackdown on DUI’s during the summer months with a goal of reducing the number of deaths caused by alcohol and drug impaired drivers. According to the State Patrol’s press release, 67 people died in alcohol related crashes between Memorial Day and Labor Day in 2011. This represented 36% of all alcohol related fatalities for 2011. El Paso County had 15 alcohol related fatalities last summer.

The State Patrol and more than 90 other law enforcement agencies plan to conduct saturation and increased patrols over the Memorial Day Weekend. Sobriety checkpoints are planned in Aurora, Denver, Lakewood, Jefferson and Weld Counties this weekend.