Colorado State Patrol to crack down on drivers this weekend

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DENVER -- As you hit the highways this weekend, you’ll be seeing more cops on the road. The Colorado State Patrol is kicking off its “Zero Fatalities Zero Tolerance” campaign.

This is a mission to save lives. Every trooper will be on the roads this weekend, from the chief down to the newest recruit, all cracking down on dangerous driving.

The goal is to keep the roads safer by issuing tickets for drinking and driving, speeding, distracted driving and seat belt violations.

Gail Parish’s daughter Jenna Breen was killed by a repeat DUI offender whose license had been revoked. She says no mother should have to endure such a loss.

“He took my beautiful daughter, he took my grandchildren,” said Parish, of Westminster.

“The ultimate enforcement goal is make sure we have zero fatalities that happen, try to reduce injury crashes and make sure people understand that getting behind the wheel drinking and driving using narcotics will simply not be tolerated,” said Josh Lewis of the Colorado State Patrol.

The number of fatal crashes is down 25 percent since last year. Educational programs for teens and adult drivers are also making a difference.

This is also the time of year when many teens will be out on the road. Officers want them to come home safe.

The statewide enforcement campaign begins Friday at 6 p.m. and ends at midnight Sunday.

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