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Thanksgiving traffic enforcement results


Last updated 11/30/2022 at 10:57am | View PDF

Courtesy Colorado State Patrol

With Thanksgiving weekend as one of the heaviest travel times of the year and the night before Thanksgiving often called the biggest bar night, the Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Springs Police Department, Fountain Police Department, Monument Police Department and El Paso County Sheriff's Office conducted an extra enforcement team operation on Wednesday, Nov. 23, to combat unsafe driving behavior and save lives.

From 6 a.m. to midnight, these agencies made a massive impact to curb the impacts of unsafe driving and impaired driving, preventing much family grief this holiday season.  With over 250 traffic stops conducted, driving behaviors such as unsafe lanes changes, careless/reckless driving, speeding and driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs were the focus of this operation. 

Below are preliminary stats collected during the November 23 surge enforcement:

Careless Driving: 15

Following too close: 2

Lane Violations: 3

Speeding: 111

Driving Under the Influence: 4

Expired tags: 2

Other arrests: 47

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 was to prevent traffic crashes and fatalities so every driver and passenger can live to eat the leftovers from Thanksgiving Day.

While drivers may not consider a citation a "best-case scenario," this regional enforcement effort was conducted during a peak traffic period and targeted driving behaviors that are known to result in serious injury and fatal crashes, CSP officials said. Taking a life or losing your own is not planned, but many drivers do not correlate unsafe driving behaviors to tragic outcomes.

"If you drive in an unsafe manner, challenge the default train of thought that you won't be the cause of serious injury or fatal crash," a spokesperson said. "Every person that caused a crash like that never thought it would happen to them either."

Focus on the road, drive responsibly and plan for a sober ride. You are advised to call law enforcement, such as *277 for CSP, to report unsafe or suspected impaired drivers.


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