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Durango police step up highway traffic enforcement during spring break

Increased patrols will continue through March 25
Durango Police Department will add extra patrols along U.S. Highway 550 during spring break. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald file)

Slow down, take it easy and be courteous to other drivers. Good advice every day, but particularly important if drivers don’t want to pick up a ticket during spring break.

For two weeks during spring break – March 12 to 25 – Durango Police Department will step up traffic enforcement along Durango’s U.S. Highway 550 corridor.

Officers will be particularly attentive to speeding and running red lights, of course, but also tailgating, careless driving and any other infractions that can lead to traffic crashes.

There were 49 traffic accidents in February and 186 traffic citations, according to DPD.

Studies of traffic enforcement programs scheduled during busy travel periods have shown they decrease the number of crashes, according to DPD. In recent years, there has been a high number of accidents involving fatalities along Highway 550.

Police ask the public to slow down and watch for pedestrians and four-legged friends like deer.

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