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Colorado State Patrol strives for zero fatalities, zero tolerance

Colorado State Patrol strives for zero fatalities, zero tole

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Highways across Colorado were swarming with Colorado State Patrol troopers over the weekend as part of its 'Zero Tolerance, Zero Fatalities' campaign.

Colorado State Patrol launched its special enforcement campaign over the weekend.  Troopers wanted zero fatalities across the roads it patrols. As of 10 p.m. on Sunday night, it reported zero fatalities.

State troopers also had zero tolerance for traffic violations. 

The Colorado Springs branch of the Colorado State Patrol tweeted a picture of a large stack of papers. It said it handed out almost 8 pounds of paper in citations in three days.

A Colorado Springs man said a distracted driver sent him to the hospital.

Joe Helvoigt was biking along Cascade when he was hit by a car. He was forced under a parked car parked along the street.

"The shock, I don't remember the impact of hitting the vehicle. I remember being on the ground and being held on the ground and giving my information to the paramedics," said Helvoigt.

He fractured a rib, severed a tendon in his arm and sprained his ankle in the accident.

Helvoigt bikes 800 - 1,000 miles each month. He usually bike to work if it doesn't interfere with training for a cycling race.

"I've been riding 15 years and it's the first time it's happened," said Helvoigt.

He believes the driver who hit him was distracted behind the wheel. The person kept driving.

"You hurt another living human being and really you don't care. So, I wasn't mad at the situation, it's just discouraging that people, that there is people like that," said Helvoigt.

Distracted drivers are one of the types of drivers Sgt. J.R. Mullins ticketed over the weekend.

"Put away those distractions. You've been able to do before technology and you can continue to do it," said Mullins.

He ticketed a driver on Sunday evening for not wearing their seat belt appropriately and following too closely behind another vehicle.

Colorado State Patrol handed out tickets to any driver who put other people's lives on the line on the road.

"If people cooperate with us, the motorists, put away all the distractions and focus on driving driving well to avoid things that cause them to get into crashes," said Mullins.

Colorado State Patrol will tally up the number of tickets it handed out this weekend. It plans to release those numbers Wednesday.


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