State patrol out in full force this weekend |

State patrol out in full force this weekend

Daily News staff report

SUMMIT COUNTY – Every Colorado State Patrol (CSP) officer will be patrolling the roads over Memorial Day weekend as part of two new programs to reduce drunken driving on Colorado roads.The programs, Colorado Target Zero and DUI Checkpoint Colorado, were announced by Governor Bill Owens earlier this week.”No matter where you drive this weekend, you’ll see police officers, sheriff’s deputies and state troopers on patrol for drinking drivers. Once again, the heat is on,” Owens said.The goal of the Colorado Target Zero safety campaign is to reduce most traffic fatalities in Colorado by 2025 and uses the Memorial Day weekend as its annual reminder to motorists to do their part by driving responsibly.This is the second year the CSP will have all of its available uniformed officers on highways statewide, more than doubling the number of officers on the road during other holiday weekends. DUI Checkpoint Colorado will include a combination of checkpoints that take place in one location for the entire night, while others will be mobile, setting up in multiple locations during an evening. Colorado is also conducting its fourth “Click-It or Ticket” campaign over the Memorial Day weekend to increase seat belt use. Dillon, Breckenridge, Silverthorne and Frisco, the Sheriff’s Department and CSP will be enforcing the “Click-It or Ticket” campaign. The seat belt enforcement campaign started on Monday and includes the CSP and 106 police and sheriff’s departments statewide.Last year eight people died in traffic crashes on Colorado highways during the Memorial Day weekend. Seven of the victims were drivers and passengers and three were not buckled up. One fatality was a pedestrian. Three of the eight deaths were alcohol-related.Last year, law enforcement agencies made 463 DUI arrests during the Memorial Day weekend. The Summit County Sheriff’s Office will also be conducting DUI checkpoints this Saturday and Sunday.

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