Colorado & Utah Highway Patrols team up to protect roads this Thanksgiving

FRUITA, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Thousands will be passing our section of I-70 this Thanksgiving weekend. Colorado State Patrol say they will be adding extra troopers starting Tuesday night and running until Friday to help keep everyone safe.

According to AAA more than 43 million Americans will be taking a road trip this week.

"Too many to count honestly cause I have a lot of family out in Utah so when I was younger we would always drive along here to get to Utah back and forth,” said Kyle, and I-70 driver.

Statistics show that the Wednesday before and the Sunday after Thanksgiving are the busiest times to travel.

"The thanksgiving weekend is typically our heaviest travel day of the year and we are going to work together to make it the safest travel day of the year as well,” said Matt Ozanic, Troop Commander for Colorado State Patrol in Grand Junction.

CSP and Utah Highway Patrol decided this year to combine forces.

"Let’s trade patches because it brings two very unique agencies together for one cause,” said Ozanic.

Adding extra eyes on our roadways.

"Make sure they are buckled up and properly restrained as well as not distracted and driving the speed limit,” said Sergeant Kyle Curtis with Utah Highway Patrol.

To make sure you arrive, alive.

"Since 2013 over this 4 days holiday period from Wednesday to Sunday there has been 28 people, 28 unrestrained occupants die in cashes, that's 28 families that will be celebrating Thanksgiving without their love one,” said Ozanic.

It’s all common sense they say.

"It drops from 80 in Utah to 75 in Colorado so a little bit faster which is a really high speed and so we don't tolerate too much,” said Sergeant Curtis.

Plan your trip, check road conditions, and make sure your well rested.

"Lane violations, speeding, weaving, stuff like that we are really going to pick up on more,” said Ozanic.

A big tip this weekend is to double check the weather conditions as it is supposed to be wet and snowy across much of Colorado.

Check your tire tread, grab extra blankets, and fill up with gas. Travel safely everyone.

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