Press Release

Two Trouble Spots in Youth Driving Behavior: Speed and Seat Belts

(COLO) – Despite being the safest and one of the easiest decisions a driver and passenger can make, Colorado (86%) still falls below the national average (90%) with seat belt use, and the younger the driver the greater the chance they aren’t buckling up. Teens, as both drivers and passengers, have the lowest rate of seat belt use of any group, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Honoring Those Who Answer the Call

Colorado State Patrol Emergency Dispatchers Saw an Increase in Calls for Service in 2021

(COLO) – With the arrival of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (NPSTW) beginning April 10, the Colorado State Patrol wants to honor the men and women who serve in the Colorado State Patrol’s six centers as well as those who work in regional and local communication centers around the state.

Colorado State Patrol Earns Re-accreditation from Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies

(COLO) – The Colorado State Patrol remains in rare company, having passed an internationally recognized independent organization’s rigorous assessment of the Patrol’s professionalism, policies, leadership and standards. 

This week the Colorado State Patrol was accredited again by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., (CALEA) which represents the gold standard for accreditation in law enforcement in the United States and many other countries. 

Colorado State Patrol Seeing Increase of People on Roadways Not Designed for Pedestrian Use

(COLO) – Unlike neighborhood streets or roads with designated bike lanes or large shoulders, there are many highways and rural roadways that are not designed for pedestrian use. When pedestrians are present on access-controlled roads, such as highways, they are placing themselves and motorists at great risk and can be ticketed, or worse, injured or killed.

Speed Related to Over 50% of All Colorado Teen Crash Fatalities

(COLO) – Traffic deaths surged across Colorado in 2021 hitting a 20-year high and speeding is a major factor in fatalities. Speeding is risky behavior for all drivers and combined with inexperience and distractions the danger rises exponentially.

In a 2021 report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and Ford Motor Company Fund, Colorado had 213 teen fatalities between 2015-2019 and 57% of them were speed-related. Since this study concluded, the driving picture has only gotten worse throughout the state.

Colorado State Patrol Releases 2021 Auto Theft Data to Help You Protect Yourself and Others

(COLORADO) – If it feels like vehicle thefts have taken off recently (pun intended), recent data released by the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority (CATPA) suggests that feeling is accurate. Over this past year, more Coloradans than ever have experienced auto theft in one way, shape, or form personally.  In their 2021 ATICC (Auto Theft Intelligence Coordination Center) Report, CATPA shows an 88% increase (36,932 cases) in motor vehicle thefts since 2017 and an 82% increase just since 2019.

State Trooper Narrowly Misses Being Hit on Traffic Stop

ADAMS COUNTY – A Colorado State Patrol Trooper narrowly missed being critically injured or killed on a traffic stop after a second vehicle crashed into the car he had stopped. On February 15, 2022, at approximately 11:34 AM, CSP Master Trooper Travis Hood stopped a 2010 Kia sedan on northbound Interstate 25 near 58th Ave. for a speeding violation. The vehicle pulled over onto the large shoulder to the left of the HOV lane. Master Trooper Hood made contact and returned to his motorcycle to write a citation.