Saint Patrick’s Day turned sour for nearly 500 Colorado drivers. The Colorado State Patrol and 49 other law enforcement agencies arrested 488 people for driving under the influence of alcohol over the long holiday weekend.

Between 6:00 last Friday and 3:00 Tuesday morning, agencies across the state participated in a DUI crackdown.

There were no alcohol-related deaths during the weekend, compared to five such deaths over St Patrick’s weekend in 2007. Last year there were 363 DUI arrests during the same weekend.

People convicted of DUI face serious consequences, including potential jail time, the loss of their driver’s license, and other unanticipated expenses that can total more than $10,000.

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