Press Release

2023 Hit & Runs Investigated by the Patrol Outpacing 2022

(COLO) – The Colorado State Patrol is seeing an alarming upward trend of hit-and-run crashes across the state of Colorado. When looking at all hit-and-run crashes investigated by the Colorado State Patrol, including property, there was a 22% increase in the first quarter of 2023.

“If you hit a vehicle, a person, or another piece of property, don’t panic,” stated Chief Matthew C. Packard, Colorado State Patrol. “Operating out of fear will only worsen this situation. Stay at the scene, check to make sure you and anyone are injured and call 9-1-1 to report the collision.”

Unrestrained Fur Babies Create Distractions

(COLO) – To many Coloradoans’ pets are a part of the family and they often accompany us on the road. But how many people who travel with their furry friends are putting them into a harness, a pet carrier or a crate? Any activity, like petting your dog or reaching back to provide a treat to your cat, that takes a driver’s attention away from driving is considered distracted driving. In addition, a free-roaming pet can turn into a deadly projectile during a crash or sudden stop

Take a Break - Don’t Drive Drowsy

(COLO) – Distractions while driving aren’t always something we hold in our hands or sit in our passenger seat, sometimes our body’s physical condition, like drowsiness, can be a distraction and prevent us from focusing. According to the National Safety Council, drowsy driving is similar to driving under the influence of alcohol and can make drivers three times more likely to be in a car crash if they are fatigued.

Colorado State Troopers Want You to Drive With Focus

(COLO) – No one starts their vehicle thinking that they are going to injure or kill someone today, yet Colorado State Troopers investigated 600 crashes across the state in 2022 where the at-fault driver was cited for being inattentive to driving.

Distracted driving can come in many forms such as texting, dealing with a fussy child, eating or fiddling with dashboard technology, but studies indicate that a person’s lack of focus may linger beyond the completion of one of these tasks.

Colorado State Patrol Asks Drivers to "Give Some Space"

(COLO) – Constructions zones have lower speed limits and a number of high-visibility warning devices for good reason, these areas can be dangerous and deadly for roadside workers. Yet despite efforts to capture driver focus and encourage safe driving through work zones, in 2022, Colorado State Troopers investigated 1,138 crashes in construction zones across the state.

Colorado State Patrol is warning motorists to drive sober over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend

COLO- St. Patrick’s Day weekend is no reason to party without a plan.  Colorado State Troopers will be out in full force across the state looking for those who choose poorly by getting behind the wheel while impaired.

When operating a vehicle after consuming alcohol or drugs, including marijuana, you are putting yourself and others in danger.



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