Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies ramp up patrols on Highway 285

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — After recent traffic accidents that led to injuries and deaths as well as motorists driving at high rates of speed, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday it will continue to ramp up patrols on U.S. Highway 285.

In a post on Facebook, the sheriff’s office said several residents in Conifer and Evergreen reported seeing more deputies in the Shaffer’s Crossing and Windy Pointe areas.

“We’re focusing our efforts on that corridor with the goal of positively affecting traffic patterns, specifically fewer accidents, reduced speed and increased awareness of mountain-driving conditions,” the post read.

Since March 26, sheriff’s deputies have made more than 160 traffic stops and worked 24 accidents on the highway from Parmalee Gulch to the Park County line. One driver was caught going 88 mph in a 55 mph zone.

“But our deputies can only do so much,” the sheriff’s office said. “What can YOU do to help us make sure everyone gets to their destination safely? It starts with simply obeying the speed limit and paying attention while driving.”

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