Press Release

Colorado State Patrol Joins Regional Effort to Put the Brakes on Excessive Speed Crashes

(Colo)- Drivers stayed off the roads in droves during the pandemic. Unfortunately, those who did drive were the cause of a steep rise in roadway deaths, with excess speed at the heart of many crashes. Twelve State Patrols across the west have come together again to partner as the Western States Traffic Safety Coalition (WSTSC) in a joint speed education and enforcement initiative on June 25, 26, and 27.

Colorado State Patrol Launches Summer-Long Campaign Focusing on Speeding Drivers

(Colo.) - Along with driving under the influence, exceeding safe speeds continues to be a leading causal factor for fatal and injury crashes year to date across Colorado for incidents investigated by the Colorado State Patrol. More than 600 people died in traffic crashes on Colorado roadways in 2020 and speed accounted for approximately 22% of those crashes.  

Colorado State Patrol Trooper Named as Finalist for IACP Trooper of the Year Award

(Colo.) – Each year the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and Motorola Solutions recognize state troopers and provincial police who have demonstrated bravery, courage, leadership, and professionalism. Hundreds if not thousands of nominations were submitted to the IACP and ultimately four troopers representing specific regions around the country were nominated. Trooper Lance Curry of the Colorado State Patrol was the selected finalist to represent the entire Mountain Pacific Region.

Multistate campaign to raise awareness of seat belt safety

(Colo.) - Be a good neighbor and buckle up. State transportation and law enforcement agencies from Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming are coming together to remind travelers to always wear seat belts. The State2State.Buckle up campaign wants both drivers and passengers to stay buckled no matter what state they are in or how far they are traveling. 

The campaign coincides with the start of the national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement period, which begins May 24 and continues through June 6. 

Off Highway Vehicles Not Allowed on Streets, Highways in Colorado

COLORADO – On May 7, 2021, Governor Jared Polis signed into state law that off-highway vehicles (OHV), regardless of the state or other jurisdiction in which the off-highway vehicle is registered or titled, will not be allowed on public streets, roads, or highways of the State. Off-highway vehicles include ATVs, four-wheelers, and side-by-sides, and more.

Colorado State Patrol Joins Towing Carriers to Remind Drivers to Move Over and Save a Life

COLORADO – The Colorado State Patrol joined with towing industry partners to discuss the importance of the move over law.  A press conference was held at Western Towing and Recovery, 6655 York Street, Denver. 

“Just move over,” said Colonel Matthew Packard, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “The lives of those in the towing community rely upon you to slow down and move over.  Drivers must keep their eyes up, pay attention and move over to keep everyone safe and alive on our roadways.”

Colorado Law Enforcement Agencies Team up to Combat Street Racing

COLORADO - On April 18, 2021, 16 Denver metro agencies made a coordinated effort to show street racers their behavior will not be tolerated.  Each of these agencies provided officers and other resources to help make a notable impact.  More than 280 citations were issued and four arrests were made during the joint operation.  These street racing groups met illegally in several private parking lots and several drivers were issued citations for trespassing after causing damage to the parking lots.