COLORADO SPRINGS- In the days to come you can expect to see a lot more traffic stops on the streets of Colorado Springs. Especially in areas like downtown where officers are looking to protect people behind the wheel and out on the streets. Drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians have all died on Colorado Springs roads this year and the city’s police officers have had enough. They say this is just the beginning of a citywide traffic crackdown.
“We’re not just talking about cars. We’re talking about motorcycles, we’re talking about bicyclists and we’re talking about pedestrians,” said Lt. Howard Black of the Colorado Springs Police Department.
This, after one of the deadliest years on record on Colorado Springs streets. 47 people have been killed in crashes this year. Officers say they continue to see people making the same mistakes.
“Speed, alcohol and drugs, and distracted driving,” said Black.
The police department is securing state funds to up the traffic enforcement citywide for the next several weeks and months. In the most recent crackdown officers wrote 89 tickets for speeding alone.
“We’re just in the very beginning stages. This is a very big city geographically. We’re almost 200 square miles. So we have a lot of roadway miles that we have to address,” said Black.