News, May 24th

EXTRA PATROLS ON THE ROAD THIS WEEKEND LOOKING FOR DRUNK DRIVERS

Undated—If you plan to drink during the three-day Memorial weekend, don’t get behind the wheel. Law enforcement agencies across Colorado will be targeting drunk drivers starting tonight through Tuesday morning. The “Heat is On” campaign will include sobriety checkpoints at various locations as well as increased and saturation patrols. The sheriff’s offices of Garfield, Pitkin and Eagle Counties will be involved along with the police departments of Glenwood Springs, Rifle, Aspen, Basalt and Snowmass.

FEWER MEMORIAL DAY TRAVELERS EXPECTED IN COLORADO, HIGHER GAS PRICES

Glenwood Springs—With gas prices hovering near or above 4 dollars a gallon, fewer people are expected to make long trips for the kickoff to summer according Triple-A of Colorado. Officials say the decline from last year will be about 1 percent.

FIRE DANGER

Grand Junction—The dry southwest part of the state is under a red flag warning for the next few days. Forecasters at the National Weather Service say due to high winds, low humidity and very dry fuels in the backcountry, people need to be extra cautious with outdoor fires.

GW CANYON ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION CONTINUES

GLENWOOD SPRINGS (AP) – Colorado Department of Transportation officials are reviewing the Interstate 70 construction zone on the east end of Glenwood Canyon following the second fatal car accident in the five-mile stretch during the past six weeks. CDOT spokeswoman Nancy Shanks said Thursday anytime there is a fatal accident, the department reviews highway conditions to determine if they played a role. C-DOT is getting copies of the accident reports and traffic engineers will review them.

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