Apr 25, 2014 11:33 PM by Kelsey Kennedy

CSP Cracking Down on Drivers

Troopers statewide started a saturation patrol on Friday that they're calling "Zero Fatalities, Zero Tolerance".

Beefed up patrols mean every trooper statewide will be on the clock at some point this weekend. Corporal Ryan Novotny sure knows how to spot impaired drivers.

"They'll be going slow for a little bit, then they'll pick it up," he says." Then they'll start slowing again."

In Colorado Springs, troopers kicked off the saturation patrol at six a.m. Friday. Captain Chuck Cargin says it will last until midnight on Sunday.

"This weekend in April was targeted because it's spring," he says. "So more drivers are coming out, and more motorcycle riders are coming out."

Captain Chuck Cargin says the patrol used to be planned over Memorial Day weekend, until most drivers started to expect more law enforcement on the roads.

"Then of course to catch people off guard because they mostly think this thing happens during the holiday, and this time it's not."

Troopers will be on the lookout for drivers who are violating traffic laws in hopes of having a completely crash free weekend in the Pikes Peak Region. Captain Cargin says that will be a challenge, but not impossible. He says 90 percent of crashes are driver error.

"If if everybody just slows down," he says. "Don't get in a hurry, don't follow to close, don't be aggressive, don't be watching your cell phones. Just be attentive. And obviously, one of the most important, is don't drink and drive.

"No tolerance" doesn't mean that every driver that gets pulled over will get a ticket, but you should be ready for at least a warning if you're caught breaking the law.



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