As you all know, we recently celebrated Independence Day on the 4th of July. Usually on this night, there are police out and about waiting to catch those who take partying to the next level. But in Weld County in Colorado, the sheriff’s department has come up with a new solution to catching drunk drivers. For several years now, the law enforcement has started working with the Weld County’s GIS (Geographic Information System) department to create a map that would pinpoint the stretches of road where DUI crashes are most prevalent. Now armed with a map that uses a color system to show the location of hotspots and how “hot” they are, deputies are more confidant as they pick out places to set up DUI checkpoints.
Melissa Lawrence, Rutgers Student Intern, VERTICES, LLC