STATEWIDE — Colorado recorded no deadly crashes over the Labor Day vacation weekend, in accordance with preliminary information from the Colorado Division of Transportation. This marks the primary time in latest historical past that no deaths occurred on state roads over Labor Day weekend. Thus far this yr there have been 412 site visitors fatalities on Colorado roads. It is a 6% lower from this time final yr.
Labor Day weekend is often one of many extra harmful holidays on Colorado roads and recurrently has the very best fatalities of any vacation through the yr. There have been 43 complete fatalities throughout the identical Labor Day reporting timeframe from 2016-2020. To view the variety of highway deaths for Labor Day and different holidays over the previous couple of years, go to: https://www.codot.gov/safety/
Hoping to proceed the optimistic development, CDOT, Colorado State Patrol and native regulation enforcement businesses are becoming a member of forces for the Fall Festivals DUI enforcement interval from Sept. 10-13. DUI patrols can be energetic statewide to take away impaired drivers and preserve Colorado roadways a secure place throughout autumn actions.
“Thus far in 2021, we’ve seen 153 impaired-driving-related fatalities,” mentioned Col. Matthew C. Packard, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. “That’s 153 lives stolen from their family members by an individual who acted selfishly. These deaths have been as a consequence of a completely preventable resolution to drive beneath the affect. Excessive visibility enforcement is a method of prevention to assist individuals make higher, safer choices, realizing that regulation enforcement is looking out.”
Throughout final yr’s Fall Festivals DUI enforcement interval, 95 taking part regulation enforcement businesses arrested 1,457 impaired drivers from Sept. 11 to Oct. 28. Native regulation enforcement company plans and arrest outcomes throughout the state could be discovered at https://www.codot.gov/safety/
“We’re right here to remind everybody on Colorado roadways that there’s by no means a season the place it’s okay to drive impaired,” mentioned CDOT’s Workplace of Transportation Security Director Darrell Lingk. “Our purpose is to have the most secure roadways attainable, and we will solely obtain that when Coloradans make the secure alternative and plan forward with a sober trip each time.”
For yearly impaired-driving crash and fatality information in Colorado, go to https://www.codot.gov/safety/
About The Warmth is On
The CDOT Freeway Security Workplace supplies funding to Colorado regulation enforcement for impaired driving enforcement, schooling and consciousness campaigns. The Warmth Is On marketing campaign runs all year long, with 16 particular high-visibility impaired driving enforcement durations centered on nationwide holidays and huge public occasions. Enforcement durations can embrace sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and extra regulation enforcement on responsibility devoted to impaired driving enforcement. Discover extra particulars in regards to the marketing campaign, together with impaired driving enforcement plans, arrest totals and security ideas at HeatIsOnColorado.com. Extra details about DUI legal guidelines in Colorado could be discovered at NoDUIColorado.org. Study extra about CDOT’s dedication to maintaining Colorado roads secure, together with impaired driving enforcement targets, arrest information and security data at codot.gov/safety.
CDOT’s Whole System-Whole Safety program has one easy mission — to get everybody residence safely. Our roughly 3,000 staff work tirelessly to scale back the speed and severity of crashes and enhance the security of all modes of transportation. The division manages greater than 23,000 lane miles of freeway, greater than 3,000 bridges and 35 mountain passes. CDOT additionally manages grant partnerships with a spread of businesses, together with metropolitan planning organizations, native governments and airports. It additionally operates Bustang, the state-owned interregional specific bus service. Gov. Jared Polis has charged CDOT to additional construct on the state’s intermodal mobility choices.