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Troopers in crackdown mode on interstate for the rest of the month


The Colorado State Patrol (CSP) has announced that they are focusing enforcement efforts on truck drivers traveling on an interstate that was recently the scene of a deadly pileup crash.

From now through the end of May, CSP troopers will be patrolling I-70 in Jefferson and Clear Creek counties looking out for any commercial vehicle violations, according to a report from the Denver Channel.

Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Blake White explained, “They’re looking for any violations that commercial motor vehicle drivers may be committing, including speeding, following too close or not staying within their lanes.”

White noted that mountain driving is a challenge for truck drivers on I-70. “When you come to Colorado, you’re not driving across the plains. It’s not a straightaway. Its curves and it can be steep grades, so we expect a lot out of those drivers because they have a huge responsibility when they’re coming down with those large vehicles, and that amount of weight,” he said.

Troopers say that the enforcement detail was planned prior to the fiery 28 vehicle pileup on I-70 in Lakewood that claimed four lives on April 25. In that crash, 23 year old truck driver Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos lost control and plowed into backed up traffic. He has since been issued dozens of felony charges, including vehicular homicide.

You can view the report below for more information.


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