Are you aware that lane violations are one of the leading factors in crashes across the state of Colorado? In just a three-year period from 2019-2021, the Colorado State Patrol investigated 1,512 injury and fatal crashes caused by a lane violation. These alarming statistics are most frustrating, because the crashes caused by lane violations are completely avoidable.
Whether it be an intentional lane violation, like an unsafe lane change or conditions such as impairment, distraction, or aggression, these behaviors have found to be direct links to such crashes. While people of all ages can and do commit lane violations, data also reveals that the highest number of lane violation crashes with at-fault drivers is most prevalent with drivers ranging in age from 22-39.
The message remains simple: Staying in your lane while driving is of paramount importance.
Throughout the next year, the Patrol is doubling down on its efforts to educate and inform the public about the risks associated with lane violations in their driving ranging from a citation, an accident, or worse, death to the driver or others. The campaign’s goal is to remind individuals that no matter how they wish to receive the message, either from a State Trooper or someone who looks like their dad, brother, friend, etc., that lane discipline is one of the most important driving reminders when getting from point A to point B safely.
While no roadway is free from danger, the leading thoroughfares in Colorado for lane violation citations include I-25, I-70, H50, H470 and your everyday local roads throughout Colorado communities. While travelling across the state and beyond, keep this important message in mind. Stay in your lane – don’t veer while you’re distracted, don’t drive if you’re impaired and don’t drive aggressively if you’re angry.
Remember the simple message: Stay in your lane – it could save your life and that of those around you.