7 arrested at DUI checkpoint

Sobriety station set up to curb drinking and driving

— Seven drivers under the influence of alcohol were arrested on Saturday night in a sobriety checkpoint on U.S. 40.

The Steamboat Springs Police Department organized the checkpoint in conjunction with the Routt County Sheriff's Office and the Colorado State Patrol. It was located on U.S. 40 at Trafalgar Drive.

In general, all cars driving eastbound on U.S. 40 between 7 p.m. and 2 a.m. were pulled over so officers could check for drinking and driving violations, Steamboat Springs Lt. Bill Stucker said.

"There were a bunch of these stops statewide," Stucker said.

Law enforcement agencies statewide recognize Saturday as a day when most Halloween parties for adults were scheduled, which could put more drivers under the influence of alcohol on the road.

Stucker said drivers were pulled over and asked if they had anything to drink. If the officer determined the driver may be over the legal limit of alcohol consumption when behind the wheel, he asked the person to step out of the car to perform a roadside test.

All cars heading eastbound were pulled over, including tractor-trailers, Stucker said.

Drivers that were making multiple runs eastbound on U.S. 40 for business purposes, such as taxi drivers, were allowed to drive through without stopping after being checked once.

Stucker said sobriety checkpoints are set up a couple of times a year.

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