Press Release

Becoming Better Pedestrians

(COLO) – Sharing the roads means sharing the responsibility. Since all of us are pedestrians from time to time, it’s important to avoid becoming complacent about traffic rules put in place for our safety. Last year (2022) Colorado State Patrol saw a 13.5% increase in pedestrian-involved crashes over 2021. 

Colorado Reported over 31K Road Rage Drivers in 2022

(COLO) – Since the *CSP (*277) program was implemented in July 1998, Colorado motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians have reported thousands of “real-time” aggressive drivers and suspected DUI drivers. Last year, the Colorado State Patrol’s *CSP calls for aggressive drivers surpassed calls regarding suspected impairment.

In 2022, Colorado State Patrol emergency dispatchers answered 57,899 total *CSP calls with 54% (31,760) related to road rage or aggressive driving. Aggressive driving reports through *CSP were up approximately 4.5% over 2021 (30, 347 road rage reports in 2021).

Motorists Weigh in on Direction of Desired Traffic Enforcement

(COLO) – In October 2022, the Colorado State Patrol opened its biennial public opinion survey to ask members of the community “how are we doing”. The purpose of the online survey was to receive direct feedback from motorists and community members to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement in Patrol services and calls for support. The survey also asks how people feel about traveling on Colorado’s highways as well as about the professionalism, fairness and communication provided by Colorado State Patrol members.

Colorado Doesn’t Brake for Kids or Work Zones

(COLO) – School zones and construction zones have lower speed limits, traffic calming devices and a number of high-visibility warning devices for drivers for good reason. Kids' and roadside workers' lives are at-risk. Yet when looking at data from the Colorado State Patrol over a three-year period (2019- 2021), troopers cited 9,643 people for speeding in a construction or school zones.

Troopers Warn of Dangerous Conditions for Drivers as Snowstorm Moves Across the State

Colorado is in for additional snowstorms this week with the first storm, anticipated to be the largest, beginning tonight for the front range and eastern plains and continuing throughout tomorrow. The Colorado State Patrol is asking travelers across most of the state to stay home Wednesday, if possible, during this next round of inclement weather.

If travel is unavoidable, take time before the storm begins to ensure your vehicle is properly equipped.  

When Road Etiquette Goes Out the Window

(COLO) – Colorado roadways see heavy volume every season throughout the year, which only underscores the importance of sharing the road and following simple rules. Yet, based on data from the Colorado State Patrol (2019 – August 2022), aggressive driving is the top reason drivers commit lane violations  - with the only exception being inexperience behind the wheel. Lane violations have proven to be particularly deadly and were deemed the top causal factor for injury and fatal crashes investigated by Colorado State Troopers in 2022.

Plan Ahead This New Year’s Eve

(COLO) – Drive sober. It sounds obvious, yet hundreds of Coloradoans will get behind the wheel of a vehicle this weekend feeling buzzed, stoned or wasted. No matter what the substance is that impairs you, Colorado State Troopers are sending a message.  Laws don’t care how you “feel” after you’ve consumed. Any time that you are impaired, you are violating the law.

So, this year, while you search for a babysitter or select the best outfit to wear to ring in the New Year, your Colorado State Troopers want you to arrange for a sober ride if you plan on consuming.

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