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Biggest DUI Enforcement of Summer Begins August 16

Biggest DUI Enforcement of Summer Begins August 16

    August 15, 2023 – Statewide Safety News – DUI enforcement periods have seen 3,025 arrests this year Statewide — Holiday weekends and the end of summer are for fun and relaxation, not a DUI citation. As the sun sets on the summer season, the Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and […]

Colorado Motorcycle Crash Deaths Continue

Colorado Motorcycle Crash Deaths Continue

  (COLO) – In 2022, 149 motorcycle riders died on Colorado roads in a record-high year for traffic deaths, equating to 20% of the state’s total traffic fatalities. These fatalities occurred around the state, with the top counties being El Paso (25), Jefferson (19), Adams (12), Denver (12) and Arapahoe (11). Now Colorado State Troopers […]

Highway 50 Closed for Several Hours Due a Single Vehicle Crash

Highway 50 Closed for Several Hours Due a Single Vehicle Crash

On Tuesday, August 15, 2023 at approximately 08:20 hours, a 2007 white Freightliner Semi-truck, driven by 50-year-old Herman Ross of Olney Spring, CO, was westbound on Colorado Highway 50, located approximately 3 miles east of La Junta. Ross lost control of the Freightliner and collided with the eastbound guardrail. The Freightliner rotated clockwise and slid […]

Drivers in Colorado Now Need to Obey Move Over Law

Drivers in Colorado Now Need to Obey Move Over Law

    Starting Monday, Aug. 7, Colorado is enhancing its Move Over law to provide greater protection for people and their vehicles on the side of the road. This significant change goes beyond just safeguarding police and emergency responders; it now requires drivers to also move over when passing disabled vehicles on the side of […]

Acting Ugly Behind the Wheel

Acting Ugly Behind the Wheel

Aggressive driving tops CSP’s human factor list in lane violation crashes.   (COLO) – In 2022, Colorado lost 754 lives in traffic crashes, the most roadway deaths the state has seen in 41 years. One of the top causal factors for injury and fatal crashes across the state is lane violations, increasing annually since 2019. […]

Don’t Strikeout with a DUI

Don’t Strikeout with a DUI

  July, 2023 – Statewide Traffic Safety – 33% of Colorado crashes this year have involved impaired driving   Statewide — Don’t strike out on the road with a DUI. The Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State Patrol (CSP), and local law enforcement agencies will have all the bases covered in the upcoming DUI enforcement […]

Great Race Cruises into Town

Great Race Cruises into Town

      One by one, vintage cars from the early 1900s to no later than 1974, came to Lamar this past Saturday, July 1st for a lunch layover on their next to last leg of the 40th Annual Hemmings Great Race for 2023.     About 118 vehicles of all sorts and stripes made […]

Sidewalks, Signs and Roadwork Around Town

Sidewalks, Signs and Roadwork Around Town

    A quick drive around town provided a view of various municipal and economic projects underway or nearing completion. The Fort Bent Canal bridge at the intersection of South Main Street and Savage Avenue continues to progress.  Daniels Construction was awarded the bid for the project.  The bridge spanning the canal was completed several […]

Colorado State Patrol Patrol Vehicle Stolen Ending in Fatal Crash

Colorado State Patrol Patrol Vehicle Stolen Ending in Fatal Crash

(COLO) On June 20, 2023, at approximately 10:57 AM, Colorado State Patrol Troopers responded to assist Otero County Deputies with a suspect fleeing from them, along Highway 50, in Otero County. The vehicle was reportedly called in as a “shots fired” call. In addition, the suspect was reported to have caused multiple crashes and attempted […]

Lamar, Colo., to host 2023 Great Race lunch stop   

Lamar, Colo., to host 2023 Great Race lunch stop  

Lamar, Colo., will host a lunch stop on the 2023 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Coker Tire on Saturday, July 1, race organizers have announced. The Great Race, the world’s premiere old car rally, will bring 120 of the world’s finest antique automobiles to town for the $150,000 event, with the first car […]

CDOT Cannabis Campaign Puts Focus on Young Drivers

CDOT Cannabis Campaign Puts Focus on Young Drivers

    Statewide—The Colorado Department of Transportation has rolled out a new young driver education effort focused on the dangers of cannabis-impaired driving. In a collaborative effort, CDOT worked with the Colorado Department of Revenue, Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and certified driving schools throughout Colorado to develop the new initiative. Colorado law prohibits non-medical […]

Eleven Fatalities in Six Days in Colorado

Eleven Fatalities in Six Days in Colorado

Colorado Troopers Want Drivers and Pedestrians to Stay Focused on the Roads (COLO) – Since Saturday, May 27 through today, June 1, 2023, the Colorado State Patrol has responded to eleven fatal crash incidents around the state of Colorado resulting in eleven lives lost. The ages of fatalities ranged from 10 to 73 years of […]

CDOT Invests Additional Funds for Various Road Upgrades Including La Junta 350

CDOT Invests Additional Funds for Various Road Upgrades Including La Junta 350

    STATEWIDE — The Colorado Department of Transportation is investing additional funds received last month to address road conditions after one of the most intense winters in recent decades damaged some roads beyond what they normally sustain each year. Twelve stretches of roadway across the state have been identified, and preparations are now underway […]

Council Receives Update on Ports to Plains Corridor Alliance

Council Receives Update on Ports to Plains Corridor Alliance

    Beverly Haggard, former Lamar City Councilwoman, has been the city’s liaison with the Ports to Plains Alliance for numerous years.  The Alliance’s plan is to upgrade the 2,300 mile P2P corridor from Mexico to Canada to a four-lane divided highway or Interstate Highway to better serve the economic driving forces of all the […]

Lamar High School Students Tske 2nd in State-Wide Video Competition

Lamar High School Students Tske 2nd in State-Wide Video Competition

Lamar High School Students have taken second place in the CDOT distracted driving PSA video contest.  Five students from Lamar High School entered the statewide distracted driving PSA video contest put on by the Colorado Department of Transportation. Lamar students were selected out of the entries from around the state and were invited to Lumenati […]