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The Colorado Department of Transportation and Colorado State Patrol are reminding people that there are options to driving drunk — and receiving a ticket — around New Year’s Eve.

“The Heat Is On” campaign, which provides additional enforcement for driving under the influence, begins Friday and runs through Jan. 2.

“Driving impaired effects more than just the driver, it puts everyone on the road at risk,” said CSP’s Col. Matthew Packard. “We want to see Coloradans make the right decision during their New Year’s Eve festivities by finding a sober ride home.”

In 2018, 114 law enforcement agencies arrested 334 drivers during this period. The Colorado Springs and Denver police made the highest number of arrests, at 24 each. CDOT provides funding for 15 high-visibility enforcement periods per year, which take the form of sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and additional personnel.

The Regional Transportation District, in partnership with the Coors Distributing Company, will offer free rides for the 12th year in a row on all bus, rail, SkyRide and Access-a-Ride routes beginning at 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and continuing through the end of Jan. 1.

The Sawaya Law Firm, whose area of expertise includes injuries from motor vehicle accidents, will also reimburse people for their ride home in a cab or ride-sharing service. This promotion is in its 15th year, and the reimbursement is capped at $35.

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