Colorado State Patrol troopers statewide conducted a high-visibility, strict traffic enforcement operation this weekend.
Every uniformed member and communication officer in the Colorado State Patrol worked through the weekend, supporting the operation's "Zero Fatalities, Zero Tolerance" program.
The operation's goal is to utilize every resource available to actively prevent fatal crashes over the weekend and to demonstrate the effect of a unified enforcement effort throughout the state.
"The men and women of the Colorado State Patrol work hard every day to keep our roadways safe for everyone," said Colonel Scott Hernandez, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol. "I encourage our Troopers to have zero tolerance for driving behaviors that endanger motorists on our state's roadways, as we strive towards zero fatalities."
Compared to the first quarter of 2013, in 2014, Troopers have increased the number of citations issued for proactive DUI/D arrests by 12.8 percent, speeding (17.2 percent), and seatbelt violations (14.9 percent), while increasing misdemeanor and felony arrests by 7 percent. The number of fatal crashes also dropped 25.5 percent from 2013 to the first quarter of 2014.
"I am very proud of our efforts to improve traffic safety," Hernanez said, "and I believe that our continued enforcement and educational programs will save lives every hour of every day."
The statewide enforcement effort ends at 12 a.m. Monday.