(COLORADO) – Mesa County – Over the past three years fatal and injury crashes have significantly increased across Colorado and throughout the US. In 2022, Colorado lost 745 lives to traffic fatalities, the most roadway deaths in the state since 1981. Many of these crashes are caused by simple distractions. Whether your distraction is a cell phone, a tasty bite to eat or even other passengers; that distraction is definitely not worth a life.
On March 10, troopers across Colorado, in partnership with local jurisdictions, will be conducting a strict enforcement operation to bring awareness to and put an end to distracted driving. Some of the indicators Troopers will be looking for are lane violations, speeding, and careless and reckless driving behaviors.
Furthermore, Troopers will be focusing attention on those highways that cross troop boundaries, giving us the maximum amount of visibility. Motorists could literally travel across the state and see Troopers throughout the entire adventure. The highways that we will be focusing on are Highway 34, Highway 40, Highway 50, Highway 160, Highway 287, I-70 and I-25.
A few tips to avoid meeting one of our Troopers under less-than-ideal conditions, and more importantly, do your part to avoid a tragic crash are:
- Pay close attention to speed limits. In poor weather, never drive beyond your vehicle’s capabilities… slow your roll.
- Put the distractions aside. Place that cell phone out of reach and if it is that important, pull off at the next gas station or exit ramp. Better yet, give it to your passengers and let them navigate those messages. Open those snacks before you start driving and eat those messy meals somewhere other than behind the wheel. Who wants to deal with those dried tomatoes and french fries under the seat months down the road anyway?
- If you see dangerous driving actions by another motorist, slow down and keep them safely in front of you. This is a good opportunity to pull over and call *CSP. Let one of our troopers handle that dangerous issue.
- Finally, make sure everybody in your vehicle is properly buckled up and never drive impaired by alcohol or drugs.
Troopers continue to take a low tolerance
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.