The Colorado State Patrol has identified the second deadliest region of the state when it comes to crashes. For the past five years, the counties of Delta, San Miguel, Gunnison, Ouray, Hinsdale, and Montrose (CSP Troop 5C) have had more deadly crashes in July than the majority of the other areas in the state. Over this five-year time span, 35 motorcycle crashes, of which 28 were fatal, have been a major contributor to this ranking in statewide crashes.
On July 18, the Colorado State Patrol and additional law enforcement agencies are teaming up to conduct a large scale operation with one goal in mind: saving lives.
"We're right in the midst of a busy travel summer, and with all the traffic traveling to and through this region, we want to make sure everyone has the chance to enjoy their visits to this area," said Col. Matt Packard, chief of the CSP. "Whether it's for vacation, a day trip, or just a normal commute, safe driving is everyone's responsibility."
Troopers from CSP Troop 5C will join other law enforcement officers from the area to identify and stop the dangerous driving behaviors that put all motorists at risk. Emphasis will be on impaired driving, seatbelt use, speeding, and distracted driving. In addition, Chief Packard will address local groups and hear their concerns on how the CSP can improve their communities. "These are not just the areas we work. These are also the communities where we live. We want what is best for everyone," said Packard.