Click it or Ticket campaign reports no fatal crashes in Garfield County
by Christine Dell’AmorePost Independent StaffHeightened efforts by area law enforcement agencies to reduce traffic accidents and fatalities paid off.The Colorado State Patrol’s Target Zero campaign put more officers on the road between May 25 and May 31 and reported no fatal crashes in Garfield County. The goal of the initiative was to lower vehicle-related deaths. Statewide, patrol officers also issued 6,488 speeding tickets, said Sgt. Rich Duran of the State Patrol.”Overall, we did an outstanding job in preventing fatal crashes by the presence we had on the road,” Duran said. The primary focus for officers in Garfield County was Route 82, Duran said.Officers from the Glenwood Springs Police Department issued 15 seat-belt citations during the Click it or Ticket campaign, which began on May 24 and continues until June 6. The number of citations is fairly high for this point in the campaign, said Lt. Bill Kimminau of the department. Throughout the state, officers gave 4,361 seat-belt citations to motorists driving without seat belts.The Checkpoint Colorado initiative sent out saturation patrols during the Memorial Day weekend, although data on the program is not yet available, said Chief Gene Schilling of the Carbondale Police Department. But area residents have told him they are impressed with the increased vigilance, Schilling said. “Just from being out there, it seems people are starting to get the message that its definitely worth the effort to put your belt on,” Kimminau said.Contact Christine Dell’Amore: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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