MADD Colorado Teams Up with 39 Law Enforcement Agencies for ‘Saturation Saturday’

Volunteers and staff from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will team up with 39 law enforcement departments in Colorado as part of a nationwide impaired-driving crackdown this weekend for “Saturation Saturday.”

MADD will join law enforcement as they step up patrols, conduct sobriety checkpoints and increase public service messaging to remind everyone that if you drive drunk or impaired by other drugs, you will get caught. About 250 law enforcement agencies are participating in Saturation Saturday nationwide.

“Saturation Saturday is intended to saturate the nation with the message to never drive impaired, and to show our appreciation for the tough work law enforcement officers do every day to stop the violent, preventable crime of drunk and drug-impaired driving,” said MADD National President Helen Witty. “We know that the days before Labor Day weekend are among the most heavily traveled and can be the most dangerous on our roads for the general public and for law enforcement. We want to stand with them to remind everyone that these waning days of summer are a time for fun, not tragedy.”

MADD’s Saturation Saturday is scheduled to fall right in the middle of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. NHTSA’s $13 million Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, long supported by MADD, helps fund increased drunk driving enforcement and advertising from August 16 through Labor Day.

“We are proud to support our law enforcement heroes on Saturation Saturday and every day. They are our first line of defense against drunk and drugged driving, the Number One killer on our roads,” said Fran Lanzer, MADD Colorado Executive Director.

High-visibility law enforcement, such as sobriety checkpoints, is one of the key elements of MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving, launched in 2006. MADD advocates for funding for NHTSA’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over events, which occur every year in August and December, and Click It or Ticket in May. The other elements of MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving include passing laws to require ignition interlocks for all drunk driving offenders, support for advanced vehicle technology and taking personal responsibility by using Uber, public transportation, taxi or designating a non-drinking friend or family member if plans include alcohol.

LIST OF COLORADO AGENCIES PARTICIPATING:

Aurora Police Department

Basalt Police Department

Blue River Police Department

Boulder County Sheriff’s Office

Boulder Police Department

Broomfield Police Department

Canon City Police Department

Carbondale Police Department

Cherry Hills Village Police Department

Cheyenne County Sheriff’s Office

Colorado Springs Police Department

Colorado State Patrol Troop 1A/1E

Colorado State Patrol Troop 1B/1C

Colorado State Patrol Troop 2B

Colorado State Patrol Troop 2C

Colorado State Patrol Troop 2D

Colorado State Patrol Troop 3A

Commerce City Police Department

Custer Ridge Police Department

Denver Police Department

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

Eagle County Sheriff’s Office

El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

Erie Police Department

Fountain Police Department

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office

Lakewood Police Department

Loveland Police Department

Mesa County Sheriff’s Office

Oak Creek Police Department

Pueblo Police Department

Sheridan Police Department

Steamboat Springs Police Department

Summit County Sheriff’s Office

Vail Police Department

Weld County Sheriff’s Office

Wheat Ridge Police Department

Woodland Park Police Department

To follow events throughout the day, follow MADD on Twitter at @maddonline or on Facebook at @MADD Colorado or @MADD.Official. Look for the hashtag #SaturationSaturday.

About Mothers Against Drunk Driving
Founded in 1980 by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) is the nation’s largest nonprofit working to end drunk driving, help fight drugged driving, support the victims of these violent crimes and prevent underage drinking. MADD has helped to save nearly 380,000 lives, reduce drunk driving deaths by more than 50 percent and promote designating a non-drinking driver. MADD’s Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® calls for law enforcement support, ignition interlocks for all offenders and advanced vehicle technology. MADD has provided supportive services to nearly one million drunk and drugged driving victims and survivors at no charge through local victim advocates and the 24-Hour Victim Help Line 1-877-MADD-HELP. Visit www.madd.org/colorado or call 1-877-ASK-MADD.