(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).
“If someone cuts you off, tailgates or makes a rude gesture, you may be tempted to get even but just don’t. No one ever thinks anger will turn to violence, but it can and it does,” stated Chief Matthew C. Packard, Colorado State Patrol. “Your best response is to keep your composure, let the aggressive driver move on and do not engage. It’s simply not worth your energy or the risk.”
While there are many behaviors that indicate aggressive driving or a road rage situation, some of the most notable behaviors include:
- Honking in anger
- Making angry gestures
- Passing on the right
- Showing a weapon
- Excessive Speeding
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Getting out of the vehicle to confront another driver
If you see someone trying to block another vehicle from changing lanes or running red lights this is another extremely dangerous situation. If you see these behaviors you are encouraged to find a safe spot to pull over and call *CSP with a description and location of the vehicle.
Troopers continue to take a low-tolerance approach to lane violations while launching a yearlong campaign called “Stay in Your Lane.” This campaign is designed to remind people to control their lane position based on their current driving environment. This campaign also aims to bring attention to three of the most common and avoidable behaviors that contribute to lane violations – driving aggressively, driving distracted or driving while impaired.
ABOUT THE COLORADO STATE PATROL
Since our origin in 1935, the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) has focused on preserving human life and protecting property within our communities. Our 1,100 members embody the core values of Honor, Duty, and Respect in their daily jobs. In addition to our expertise in motor vehicle safety on the state’s roadways, the CSP is responsible for the Governor and other dignitaries’ protection, commercial motor vehicle enforcement, hazardous materials, homeland security, communications, investigative services, criminal interdiction, community education, aviation operations, and more.