Douglas County cracks down on traffic violators on dangerous stretch of road

Zero tolerance for traffic violators on Quebec St. in Highlands Ranch, Colo

Zero tolerance for traffic violators on Quebec St. in Highlands Ranch, Colo

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HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. -- Douglas County law enforcement has a warning for drivers:  Increased policing on one stretch of road in Highlands Ranch could cost you if you’re not driving safely.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office launched a new program called Strategic and Tactical Approach to Crime and Crashes or STACC.

It means targeting its resources on hotspots for crime and accidents.

In this instance, deputies are focusing enforcement in an area with the county's highest number of traffic accidents.

That area is Quebec Street, between County Line Road and University Boulevard.

It’s only about a mile long--but deputies say it’s not short on dangerous drivers.

Deputies show zero tolerance for people driving over 45 mph.

“Reason I stopped you is you were going 58 in a 45 mile per hour zone,” Deputy Trey Arnold told one driver he pulled over Wednesday.

They target speeders and other unsafe drivers in order to combat crashes on this stretch of Quebec—the highest in the county—at more than 100 last year.

“If you let me go, I promise, please, please. Please,” a female driver pleaded who was nabbed speeding 13 mph over the limit.

“We want the public to know we are not going to give warnings, we are going to write tickets. We want the public to know we are out there and we’re out there for a reason. We are writing tickets because we want those numbers reduced,” Deputy Chad Teller said.

They try to drive home safer habits behind the wheel.

“I think that’s very good they are doing that,” said Dave, who didn’t want to give his last name. He lives in the area and appreciates the extra enforcement.

“They drive way over the speed limit, and they go from lane to lane and they follow you too close. It’s a very dangerous road,” he says.

Deputies say unsafe drivers are often in a hurry. But getting pulled over means losing not only time, but money.

The female driver Trey Arnold pulled over will shell out $163 and get four points for driving 13 mph over the limit.

“People are more aware of what they're doing if they have to pay a fine for it. It sticks in the memory a little bit more,” Arnold said.

“It’s not worth it, in the end, it’s not worth it,” Teller said.

And STACC seems to be working.

There has not been a single accident on the Quebec corridor since the program started last week.

Last year, deputies worked more than 2,000 accidents in Douglas County—that’s an increase of about 10 percent increase.

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