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Area police on extra patrols Wednesday


Last updated 11/23/2022 at 12:03pm

Courtesy Colorado State Patrol

Along with Thanksgiving weekend being one of the heaviest traveled holidays across the country, the night before Thanksgiving is often called the biggest bar night of the year. This is why area law enforcement are teaming up for a regional traffic enforcement operation in El Paso County on Nov. 23, also referred to as Thanksgiving Eve.

The operation including Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Springs Police Department, Fountain Police Department, Monument Police Department and El Paso County Sheriff's Office will begin early Wednesday morning and run past midnight. The agencies' saturation patrols will focus on unsafe driving behavior including unsafe lane changes, careless/reckless driving, speeding, and driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

According the Colorado Department of Transportation, one third of the fatal crashes in Colorado involve an impaired driver. To date in 2022, there have been a total 226 impaired driving fatalities on Colorado roads. The goal of this high-visibility enforcement is to prevent traffic crashes and fatalities so every driver and passenger can live to eat the leftovers from Thanksgiving Day.

"Driving requires full attention to your surroundings for the safety of all on the roadway," a CSP spokespersons stated. "Keep your focus on the road and drive responsibly by planning for a sober ride. Motorists are advised to call law enforcement, such as *277 for Colorado State Patrol, to report unsafe or suspected impaired drivers."


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