EL PASO CO. – Local law enforcement agencies are stepping up efforts to protect the community on our streets. The initiative starts before the busiest travel season and, historically, is also the busiest in the event of accidents.
The Colorado State Patrol, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, and the Colorado Springs Police Department are all working together to address dangerous driving behavior on I-25. The Fountain Police Department and the Monument Police Department are also involved.
The message you want to drive home? They hope the community will volunteer and drive with caution.
Captain John Lupton, the Colorado State Patrol squad leader in El Paso County and Teller County, said there were more than 650 accidents in El Paso County in 2021, a 15% decrease from 2020. Last year there were 80 deaths in the Pikes Peak region. That year, 11 people were killed in a crash.
The agency's efforts are focused on reducing the violations that cause most accidents. These are speeding and impaired drivers, lying violations, distracted driving and overly precise tracking.
"We're trying to be proactive, getting the message across and getting people used to seeing our officers and soldiers out there on a daily basis. Plus, I think the public expects this of us, to remind people they must be safe drive, "said Captain Lupton. "We ask for voluntary compliance. The worst place to be a soldier is to tell someone that their loved one will never come home."
Captain Lupton said as COVID-19 restrictions wear off and more and more people want to travel, "Many of them will be looking for some relaxation and unwinding towards summer and we are extremely concerned that this could lead to an increase in crashes. We are." Trying to counter this by realizing and understanding that everyone is ready to return to normal. "
Captain Lupton said the agencies and departments would provide the resources necessary to keep the community safe.