SOUTHWEST COLORADO – 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 others in the state. Over this five year time span, 35 motorcycles crashes, of which 28 of them were fatal, have been a major contributor to the ranking in the state crashes.
On July 18th, 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 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.
Efforts will be documented on the local troop Twitter account (@CSP_Montrose) including pictures and videos; all posts and content are free to use. The associated hashtags are: #StopTheReaper and #CSPOFPY. The press conference will also be broadcast live via Twitter on the @CSP_Montrose account.
When: Wednesday, July 18 2018 10:00 AM
Where: Centennial Plaza, downtown Montrose CO
Speakers: CSP Chief Matt Packard