The cold weather and snow on New Year's Eve kept a lot of people home and off the streets, but law enforcement in the city and county still nabbed a couple of drunk drivers.

The Pueblo Police Department reported one DUI arrest on New Year's Eve, and the Pueblo County Sheriff's office made a DUI arrest around 3:30 a.m. on New Year's Day, according to information provided by each department's public information officers.

The police department tallied five DUI arrests in the city from Christmas Eve through New Year's Day, and the sheriff's office reported the same number of drunk driving arrests in that time span.

Of the DUI arrests sheriff's office deputies made, two came in Pueblo West, one happened on the St. Charles Mesa, one occurred on Pueblo Boulevard and another was made south of Pueblo around Mile Marker 90.

The police department did conduct extra DUI patrols for the holidays in the form of paying officers overtime to do so, according to Sgt. Franklyn Ortega, the police department's spokesman.

The sheriff's office also conducted DUI patrols from Monday through New Year's Day, Gayle Perez, the sheriff's office spokeswoman, said.

Ortega said he heard from some command staff at the police department that there weren't as many people out on New Year's Eve as usual because of freezing cold temperatures and snow.

Puebloans were able to take advantage of free rides on New Year's Eve thanks to the McCormick & Murphy P.C. law firm's promotion for individuals to receive reimbursement on taxi, Lyft and Uber rides.

It was not just locally that authorities were cracking down on DUI drivers.

The Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol and local law enforcement agencies from across the state increased DUI enforcement from Monday through Wednesday as part of CDOT's The Heat Is On campaign.

As of late 2018, there had been 592 traffic fatalities on Colorado roads, with 207 of them being impairment-related, according to CDOT.

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