Driving drunk causes car accidents.

(National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

Because Saturday’s “Border War” football game between the Colorado State University and the University of Wyoming is expected to bring out lots of highway traffic between Fort Collins, Colorado, and Laramie, Wyoming, law enforcement agencies will be increasing their highway enforcement, writes the Casper Star Tribune. Law officers from Larimer County, Colorado, and Albany County, Wyoming, will show zero tolerance for speeding drivers, drunk drivers, and anyone not wearing a seat belt, said the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).

The Border War football game is Saturday, November 7. In a press release, CDOT said:

[It] will be one of the busiest travel days on U.S. Highway 287, as fans drive to Laramie for a 1:00 p.m. kick off at War Memorial Stadium.

U.S. 287 includes a 65-mile stretch that connects Fort Collins and Laramie.

Reducing Fatal and Injury Crashes

According to preliminary data, through October 20 this year, 27 people were killed in traffic accidents on Larimer County roads, and six of those deaths involved alcohol-impaired drivers. Colorado State Patrol Chief Scott Hernandez said, “Our goal is to reduce fatal and injury crashes through strict enforcement.” He noted that drivers should expect to see Colorado’s troopers working side-by-side with Larimer County officers to maximize driving safety.

CDOT’s Highway Safety Office assists the state’s law enforcement with funds for the enforcement of campaigns for impaired driving enforcement, education, and awareness. Agencies that patrol the 35 miles of U.S. 287 in Colorado include the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, Ft. Collins Police Department, CSU Police Department, Loveland Police Department, and the Colorado State Patrol. The agencies staffing the 30 miles of U.S. 287 in Wyoming include the Wyoming Highway Patrol, Laramie Police Department, Albany County Sheriff’s Office, University of Wyoming Police Department, Wyoming State Park Rangers, and the Cheyenne Police Department.

Impaired? Get a Ride

To avoid driving while impaired, CDOT encourages drivers to use ride-sharing services, and notes that drivers can get discounts the first time they use the services:


Lyft is a ride-sharing service that will dispatch the nearest available driver to your current location based on your phone’s GPS. Simply download the mobile app to request a ride with the tap of a button. www.lyft.com

Promo Code: CDOTRideSafe
If you’re new to Lyft, sign up with the promo code CDOTRideSafe for a $20 credit on your first ride. Once you download the app, create an account and enter the code in the “Payment” section. Or click here you have a link to the app sent directly to your phone.


Uber uses your phone’s GPS to detect your location and connects you with the nearest available driver. Get picked up anywhere — even if you don’t know the exact address. www.uber.com

Promo Code: NODUICO
Receive $20 off your first ride. To claim your discounted ride, sign up for an Uber account by downloading the app to your iPhone or Android, and enter code NODUICO under “Promotions.” Or start an account here.

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