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Speeding drivers a leading cause of fatal and injury crashes

Troopers continue to take a low-tolerance approach to the top fatal crash factors
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NEWS RELEASE
COLORADO STATE PATROL
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On Tuesday, September 26, from 1pm to 7pm, the Colorado State Patrol, along with Weld County Sheriff's Office and Severance and Ault Police Departments, will be working together on Highway 14. The focus will be speed enforcement and safe driving actions between Fort Collins and Ault.  

Along with driving under the influence and distracted driving, speed continues to be a leading cause of fatal and injury crashes not just in Colorado, but across the nation. Unfortunately, despite high traffic volume, the trend of drivers speeding to their own deaths –or causing the deaths of others- is still a major issue that law enforcement combats daily. 

“While driving under the influence and distracted driving are looked down upon socially, speeding isn’t always looked at negatively. Yet, hundreds of families are devastated by loss every year due to speeding drivers,” says Colonel Matthew Packard, chief of the Colorado State Patrol.  “Speed limits are not suggestions; they’re designed to keep everyone as safe as possible as we all travel to our destinations.” 

Advances in technology, such as smart cruise control, can assist drivers in maintaining safe and legal speeds. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the driver to ensure they are following the law and not exceeding safe and prudent speeds.  This includes lowering speeds in poor weather or road conditions, as posted speed limits are designed for clear, dry roadways.

To report an aggressive driver, please call *CSP (*277) and provide as much information as possible to include a description of the vehicle, driver, vehicle plate, location, and direction of travel.

Troopers continue to take a low-tolerance approach to the top fatal crash factors, including lane violations while launching a yearlong campaign called “Drive Safe.” This campaign reminds people to control their lane position based on their current driving environment.

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