Colorado State Patrol ramps up I-70 presence ahead of Thanksgiving

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MESA COUNTY, Colo.- The Colorado State Patrol wants to make sure everyone gets to their destination safely this Thanksgiving holiday.

Colorado State Patrol is putting troopers every 20 miles on I-70 beginning at the Eisenhower tunnel, all the way to the Utah border.

This operation began 1 p.m. Wednesday, as one officer tells KREX 5/Fox 4 says peak Thanksgiving travel times are the Wednesday afternoon and evening before the holiday.

A statement from the The Colorado State Patrol says troops are expecting up to two and a half times the normal traffic volume along I-70.

“With high traffic flow, you’re going to have more instances of intoxicated drivers, aggressive driving, distracted driving, and traffic violations which ultimately lead to crashes,” said Trooper Michael Hock of Troop 4A in Fruita.

According to AAA over 1 million Coloradans will be traveling 50 miles or more this Thanksgiving on roads. Colorado State Patrol says their increased presence along highways is meant to ensure everyone gets to their destination safely.

“Our goal by having a trooper visible and enforcing traffic laws every 20 miles is so that the public sees us,” said Trooper Hock. “And they’re more likely to drive safely and more likely to drive to their destination safely.

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