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Second traffic enforcement team-up this year conducted Wednesday in El Paso County

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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) -- With last week's double fatality crash in mind, authorities stepped up traffic enforcement along Interstate 25 between the Douglas and Pueblo county lines.

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Colorado Springs Police, El Paso County sheriff's deputies and the Colorado State Patrol began their patrols at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday and were scheduled to end their duties at 3:30 p.m.

Authorities targeted drivers who speed, drive distracted -- while using smartphones, for example -- follow too closely and engage in other unsafe driving habits.

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"Today, I've already stopped someone going 100 (mph) in a 75 (zone)," said Trooper Corey Cantrell. "They had an excuse that they were looking for their phone in their car and they didn't realize that they were going 100. So that's two very dangerous behaviors."

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The specialized enforcement comes as El Paso County has the highest number of traffic-related deaths (60) in the state; two drivers died last Friday in a head-on crash on U.S. 24 near Calhan.

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During the year's first team-up in April, authorities issued more than 300 citations.

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But is this kind of effort working? And beyond driving safely, what else can we do to reduce unsafe driving?

"We're doing this because I-25 is where most of the crashes and drivers are," said Colorado Springs police Lt. Shannon Snuggs. "But we need to have conversations with our friends. Kids, have a conversation with Mom and Dad about why are you speeding? Let's slow down and go the speed limit. Let's be safe. And have those conversations at your dinner party. Bad driving habits put others in danger. We can't enforce our way out of this."

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Authorities expect to have results of the increased enforcement by Wednesday evening.

Scott Harrison

Scott is a reporter for KRDO. Learn more about Scott here.

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  1. “With last week’s double fatality crash in mind, authorities stepped up traffic enforcement along Interstate 25 between the Douglas and Pueblo county lines.”
    The deaths occurred on Highway 24, not I-25. I would say if you are wanting to affect change, perhaps do it near the area where the double fatality occurred. How is this not another CDOR taking over CDOT and simply filling the coffers on penalties, fines and fees?
    “But is this kind of effort working? And beyond driving safely, what else can we do to reduce unsafe driving?”
    How about the R&B, public works, and CDOT stop deliberately congesting roadways with additional parking and bicycle lanes. Remove the recently added bicycle lanes so the parties that pay the road tax can actually utilize the entire roadway they pay for through taxation. The by-product will be near instantaneous as the roadways will no longer be as congested and by proxy people will drive slower because the never-ending traffic will become non-existent. Then increase arterial roadways to handle the additional traffic, and actually fix the atrocious pothole riddled streets. Finally, enforce traffic, by using traffic enforcement in the correct area, not the most profitable area.

  2. “Authorities targeted drivers who speed, drive distracted — while using smartphones, for example — follow too closely and engage in other unsafe driving habits.”
    Don’t forget this charge,
    § 42-4-1103. Minimum speed regulation
    (1) No person shall drive a motor vehicle on any highway at such a slow speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable forward movement of traffic, except when a reduced speed is necessary for safe operation of such vehicle or in compliance with law.

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