Friday, September 20, 2019

CDOT: Northern Colorado R.A.I.D. Team

Sam Cole, CDOT Communications Manager
303.757-9484 (desk) | 303-859-1304 (cell)
 Sept. 20, 2019
Larimer County law enforcement launch NOCO R.A.I.D. Team to eliminate impaired driving

Statewide — Larimer County law enforcement agencies today announced the formation of the state’s first full-time, multi-jurisdictional impaired driving task force to identify and apprehend impaired drivers. The new task force, the Northern Colorado ‘Remove All Impaired Drivers’ Team (NOCO R.A.I.D. Team) was introduced as the state’s first permanent DUI enforcement task force.

The NOCO R.A.I.D. Team is comprised entirely of Drug Recognition Experts (DREs) — specially trained officers with the highest level of nationally standardized training in the identification of impaired drivers. This first-of-its-kind team of officers will be working year-round to identify and remove impaired drivers in Larimer County. The NOCO R.A.I.D. Team will initially be comprised of the Loveland Police Department, Larimer County Sherriff’s Office and Windsor Police Department, with the goal of adding additional law enforcement agencies in the near future.

“This specialty task force will dedicate all of their time to impaired driving enforcement and prevention throughout Larimer County,” said Shoshana Lew, CDOT Executive Director. “The participating officers will enforce impaired driving violations across jurisdictions. This dedicated team of specially-trained officers from multiple agencies is an innovative and more effective strategy to end impaired driving.”

In 2017 there were 177 alcohol-related fatalities in Colorado, which is an increase of 22.9% over five years. There were also 93 drug-impaired fatalities in 2017. In Larimer County specifically, there were 12 alcohol-impaired and four drug-impaired fatalities in 2017. Larimer County is the sixth largest county in Colorado.

Multi-jurisdiction teams, such as the NOCO R.A.I.D. Team, help extend the reach and impact of law enforcement agencies. This model has been shown successful in reducing other issues facing counties statewide, including: drug task forces, burglary task forces and auto theft task forces.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is funding the multi-jurisdiction task force and will continue collaborating with key stakeholders in Larimer County to create an ongoing funding source for the team. The NOCO R.A.I.D. Team supports CDOT’s Whole System — Whole Safety initiative wherein safety is a top priority. This partnership with Larimer County law enforcement aims to increase the safety of our roadways.

The following tips are to help you stay safe while traveling through maintenance and construction work zones.
     Do not speed in work zones. Obey the posted speed limits.
     Stay Alert! Expect the unexpected.
     Watch for workers. Drive with caution.
     Don't change lanes unnecessarily.
     Avoid using mobile devices such as phones while driving in work zones.
     Turn on headlights so that workers and other drivers can see you.
     Be especially alert at night while driving in work zones.
     Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.
     Allow ample space between you and the car in front of you.
     Anticipate lane shifts and merge when directed to do so.
     Be patient!

To heighten safety awareness, CDOT recently announced its Whole System — Whole Safety initiative. This project takes a systematic statewide approach to safety combining the benefits of CDOT’s programs that address driving behaviors, our built environment and the organization's operations. The goal is to improve the safety of Colorado’s transportation network by reducing the rate and severity of crashes and improving the safety of all transportation modes. The program has one simple mission—to get everyone home safely.

CDOT has approximately 3,000 employees located at its Denver headquarters and in regional offices throughout Colorado, and manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway and 3,429 bridges. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of other agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments and airports. It also administers Bustang, the state-owned and operated interregional express service. Governor Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal mobility options.