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Massive operation to stop dangerous driving happening in El Paso County

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) -- If it seemed like there was a larger law enforcement presence along I-25 in El Paso County on Wednesday, you're not wrong.

The Colorado Springs Police Department, El Paso County Sheriff's Office, and Colorado State Patrol were stationed at different sections along the interstate looking for anyone driving dangerously. The goal was to prevent potentially deadly crashes from happening.

"This group effort ultimately came back from people letting us know what bothered them," says Trooper Josh Lewis with Colorado State Patrol.

According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, El Paso County experienced the most fatal traffic crashes throughout the state in 2020. El Paso County also had the most deaths in car crashes, with 84 people killed in 2020.

Trooper Lewis says officers, deputies, and troopers were looking Wednesday for typical driving behaviors that lead to crashes; speeding, and bad lane changes. However, they were also looking for one of the biggest complaints they get from drivers in Colorado.

"The left lane law," Trooper Lewis says. "Being in that left lane when you are not actively passing and basically shouldn't be at that time." In 2019, CSP troopers made about 4,000 contacts just for left lane violations.

CSPD is expected to release numbers Thursday on how many people were ticketed during this operation.

Crime / El Paso County Crime / Local News

Chase Golightly

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  1. “The Colorado Springs Police Department, El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, and Colorado State Patrol were stationed at different sections along the interstate looking for anyone driving dangerously.”
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    Where do most deadly crashes happen in El Paso County? I don’t think it’s on I-25.

    1. Where DO you think most deadly crashes happen? I saw 4 really bad one on I-25 SB between GOG and Bijou over the course of about 5 or 6 weeks towards the end of 2020. I was don’t know if anyone was killed in any of the those, but they were all four rollover crashes so it made me wonder where you think the deadly crashes happen? I’m going to guess somewhere on Powers?? I swear, that road is a death trap. Let me know what you think. I would really like to know your thoughts.

      1. Powers, Academy, Hwy-24 (east and west of COS), and many other city intersections not on Academy or Powers.

      2. CSPD’s HEAT mapping shows where these TA hot spots are located. Most are not on I-25.

  2. If they really want to target dangerous driving, start ticketing people who are talking on their phones while they’re supposed to be focused on their driving.

  3. Put up electronic message boards along the interstate that read “Active Law Enforcement Speed Radar Ahead”, speeders will hit the brakes.
    Deaths will drop but so will revenue from speeding tickets. Does ColoFornia really want to save lives over the money made from speeders? Nah!

  4. I saw all those cops out yesterday. I can’t even begin to tell you how many near misses were occurring on I-25 between Rockrimmon SB to Cimmarron I saw yesterday from people people slamming on their brakes after seeing a cop here, one there, two over there!! I saw four people pulled over. It made for a congested sh@tshow of a drive to work because of it. It was crazy. Talk about overkill in such a small area.

  5. By the way, wasn’t the newly installed on-ramp lights expected to help lessen the traffic congestion on I-25 during peak hours? After watching the news yesterday and seeing how traffic was still backed up from the Motor City curve all the way up to GOTG road. I was just curious, how well that is going? Because it seems pretty ineffective and yet another waste of the taxpayers money to those that are still watching. What is the city’s plan now to fix this still existing problem? Now that people are returning to work and getting closer to normalcy and we are seeing those pre CO-VID numbers on the roadways again, what will be the excuse? You can’t use last years numbers to pad your statistics to show how effective the on ramp lights were, because it was more caused by CO-VID than those lights.

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