• Americans love to celebrate the 4th of July with family, friends, food, and fireworks. But all too often the festivities turn tragic on the nation's roads. This iconic American holiday is also one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk-driving crashes.

    Over the 2016 Fourth of July holiday (6 p.m. July 2 to 5:59 a.m. July 6),

    • 188 people were killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.  This is a  28% increase from 2015 (146 fatalities).
    • Nearly half of those who died were in a vehicle crash involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a BAC of .15 or higher - almost twice the legal limit.

    Drive sober, or get pulled over!

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  • High wildfire danger with dry and windy weather.

    CO Rev Stat § 42-4-1406 (b) No person shall throw, drop, or otherwise expel a lighted cigarette, cigar, match, or other burning material from a motor vehicle upon any highway.

  • Pedestrian Safety

    Pedestrian Safety

    In 2017, pedestrian fatalities in Colorado reached an all-time high. Ninety-three lives were lost last year, up 11 percent from the 84 pedestrian fatalities in 2016 and up 45 percent from 2015 when 64 pedestrians died. To shed light on the importance of pedestrian safety, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is once again enlisting the assistance of veteran crosswalk champion, Fred Estrian, in its pedestrian safety campaign.

  • The Heat Is On

    The Heat Is On

    Spring is upon us, giving Coloradans everywhere a reason to celebrate. But in case your next spring celebration includes alcohol or marijuana, know that law enforcement will be on heightened alert to keep impaired drivers off the road. Starting Friday, April 6, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and local law enforcement agencies across the state will participate in The Heat Is On Spring Events DUI enforcement period. The enforcement period will continue for more than five weeks, through Monday, May 14.

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  • This law was put into effect to save the lives of law enforcement officers, emergency responders and possibly yours as well.

    When an emergency vehicle with emergency lights activated is stopped or parked on or next to a roadway, drivers approaching the emergency vehicle should:

    (1) make a lane change into an available lane not immediately adjacent to the emergency vehicle or 

    (2) if unable to safely make a lane change, slow down to a reasonable speed for existing weather, road, and vehicular or pedestrian traffic conditions.

  • Effective January 1, 2018, HB 17-1277 grants Law Enforcement acting on behalf of the Department of Revenue the authority to suspend the driver license of a driver who leaves the scene of a crash involving serious bodily injury or death.  Section 42-4-1601.

  • Distracted Driver Awareness Month

    Distracted driving is the act of driving while engaged in anything—texting, looking after children or pets, talking on the phone or to a passenger, watching videos, eating, or reading—that takes a driver's focus away from the road.

    Using a cellphone while driving is a Killer Habit.

    Many drivers are aware of the dangers of distracted driving but continue to do so. Distracted driving crashes are likely under-reported. Unlike alcohol-impaired driving, there's no quick test, like a breathalyzer, to tell if someone was distracted at the time of the crash, and some drivers involved in crashes don't admit they were driving distracted.

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