After a mild Saturday, temperatures to finish the weekend will be MUCH colder! A system to our west pushes into SE Colorado overnight. Snow showers will be possible by early Sunday morning across the I-25 corridor with a change to rain and snow showers through the afternoon. Accumulation should be minimal as most moisture looks to be light and temperatures will warm into the upper 30s and 40s through the afternoon. The main impact will be the cold along with winds gusting up to 40 mph at times. Click on the 'Weather' tab for more...
It's been a law in Colorado for almost a year, but State Troopers say, most drivers are still not yielding to stationary emergency vehicles.
From a crash site on I-25 Tuesday, Colorado State Trooper David Conway said his job becomes even more dangerous when drivers do not yeild to the farthest lane from where he is stopped.
"They (drivers) are all traveling about 75 miles per hour here," said Conway. "They're totally disregarding those emergency lights and what we're doing here today."
What they do everyday-- a tough enough job without fearing for their own safety, but Trooper Conway says that's not the only reason to yield.
"We can open up the road sooner, we can clear congestion sooner and we can all go home alive which is very important to all of us."
But if troopers are busy at the scene, how can they catch a violator? With something they call "Leapfrogging." Troopers use scanners to find out where emergency vehicles have responded. They then approach the scene slowly and watch for anyone who doesn't move into the far lane, then pull them over as soon as they fail to yield. The consequence? A ticket for $58.80 and a 4 point violation.
Besides yielding to the left-hand lane, if an emergency vehicle is stopped near the median, drivers must yield to the right-hand lane. If it's impossible to switch lanes, troopers say drivers must slow down considerably to avoid getting a ticket.