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Colorado Springs police step up speed enforcement, issue 2,399 tickets

The Colorado Springs Police Department has been stepping up its speed enforcement.

The department released its results from the first year of the Slow Down, Colorado Springs! speed enforcement program on Monday.

CSPD reports the program resulted in 1,008 additional hours of speed enforcement by officers.

Through Slow Down, Colorado Springs!, CSPD says its officers issued 2,399 traffic citations, or tickets, and cited 359 additional traffic violations.

The program was funded by a grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to help combat speeding in the area.

We reached out to CSPD to find out where drivers were found speeding, and violating other traffic laws, the most.

Lieutenant John Koch told KRDO that police patrolled dozens of intersections. To name a few: Airport and Academy, Powers and Woodmen, and Union and Fillmore.

Lieutenant Koch says the last year has been eye-opening for officers.

He said one officer “clocked a motorcycle at 147 miles an hour on Powers.”

And, people aren’t just speeding on the busy streets.

“There were people that were stopped going 50 to 70 miles an hour through areas where there’s school zones neighborhoods and residential areas,” said Koch.

CSPD says it gave out around 1,000 more speeding tickets last year, than the year before (when the program didn’t exist).

Koch says officers work hard to stop people from speeding because they know the consequences.

“A lot of us have had to make death notification, tell family members that a loved one is seriously injured,” said Koch.

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