COLORADO CRACKDOWN: CSP Stepping Up Enforcement On Big Rigs Along I-70
Denver, Colorado – Colorado State Patrol (CSP) troopers are stepping up their enforcement efforts of commercial vehicles over 26,000 pounds traveling along I-70.
According to CSP Sgt. Blake White, throughout the month of May officers are placing a greater emphasis on big rigs traveling through Jefferson and Clear Creek counties.
“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,” Blake told local news outlet Denver7.
So far this month, Blake said troopers from the Golden office have pulled over 98 trucks and issued 50 tickets.
He indicated quite a few of those being ticketed are truckers from out of state.
Blake said that truckers operating a commercial big rig through Colorado better know how to handle the driving demands presented by steep grades and curves.
“When you come to Colorado, you’re not driving across the plains,” Blake told Denver7. “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.”
The increased vigilance in enforcement of heavy vehicles along I-70 comes following one of the most horrific big rig crashes in quite some time.
On April 25, 23-year-old truck driver Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos lost control of his flatbed rig, which was loaded with lumber, and plowed into slowed rush hour traffic causing a deadly 28-vehicle crash.
Four people lost their lives and six others were seriously injured.
Mederos now faces 40 charges and 36 felony counts as a result of the crash.
However, Blake denied the terrible crash was the impetus to step up enforcement efforts on big rigs.
He said it is far too common to see tractor-trailer brakes smoking along I-70, and truckers need to reduce their speed and drive more cautiously.
White said CSP’s efforts are focused on creating a higher level of safety for truckers and all motorists.
CSP’s increased attention on tractor-trailers will continue for the remainder of May, according to Blake.
CMV focused enforcement! 45MPH EB I-70 coming down into Golden for Vehicles over 26k lbs. Downshift, do not lose your brakes riding them all the down the mountain. pic.twitter.com/rQ25PAgdvW
— CSP Golden (@CSP_Golden) May 17, 2019
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