Zach Studzinski says about his ticket today, "I was just cruisin' and all of the sudden I see some blaring lights behind me." He and a friend were riding their motorcycles to Denver from Park City, Utah to visit family for the holiday weekend. "First one breaking her in," says Studzinski about his ticket.
And he won't be the only one this weekend who gets a ticket from the Colorado State Patrol. "Guaranteed way to get a ticket in the state of Colorado is be in a hurry," says Sergeant Dean Garcia of the CSP.
CSP is hitting the highway with a saturation patrol from the Utah border all the way to Denver. "Trying to get people's attention, slow 'em down, get em to where they are going for their holiday weekend," says Garcia.
CSP says Memorial Day weekend kicks off the busy summer travel schedule. Garcia says, "There is going to be a lot of traffic so just have patience use your best discretion and be a good driver." Along with having all troopers out on the road, they will also have them in the air.
"Enforcing traffic laws from the air instead of on the ground it's just a different perspective,” says Trooper Blayne Smith. Smith watches traffic from 1500 feet. Smith says, "Following too closely is easier to see from above then it is from the ground watching cars go by." He also tracks speed by calculating how fast it takes cars to pass between two fixed points. Something some drivers find hard to believe. Garcia says, "So we radio our pilot, ask him if he could do a fly by, he'll come by tip his wings."
Troopers say having a plane in the air helps slow down those drivers who only slow down when they know they are being watched. "We can't be everywhere at all times so most people when they see us slow down. The advantage to the plane is he can see 2–3 miles up in advance of us," says Garcia.
CSP says they aren't trying to give anybody a hard time, they just want to remind people to be careful. "Make sure that everybody has a safe holiday weekend," Smith.