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Sheriff patrols increase Sat. for promenade

ROBERT ALLEN
summit daily news

Extra sheriff’s deputies will be working Saturday – the date of the Summit High School prom – as part of a special statewide “Heat is on” enforcement period, according to a Summit County Sheriff’s Office press release.

“We want to make sure our roadways are safe this spring for teenagers celebrating prom and for everyone behind the wheel,” Col. James Wolfinbarger, chief of Colorado State Patrol, said in a press release.

This is the first statewide law-enforcement effort to focus on prom season. In the past three years, the number of people killed in alcohol-related crashes by drivers under 21 has declined from 16 in 2007 to 12 in 2008 and eight in 2009, according to preliminary data in the state press release.

“Students are beginning to get the message that drinking and driving is dangerous, but many young people as well as adults don’t understand that drugs can impair their ability to drive as well,” said Mike Nugent with Colorado Department of Transportation.

The number of people killed by drug-impaired drivers under age 21 has “remained steady with nine in 2007, eight in 2008 and nine last year,” according to the press release.


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