Flashing lights on top of police patrol car

The roof of a police patrol car at night, with the blue and red lights flashing.

Several law enforcement agencies across the metro area will head onto local highways Wednesday to address excessive speeding, officials said.

Officers will be patrolling the highways throughout Wednesday and aside from conducing enforcement, they will be educating the drivers who are driving at excessive speeds.

"Already this year, there have been two fatal crashes and five serious injury crashes on Denver's highway," Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen said. "The majority of vehicles crashes are preventable. We all have a role in traffic safety, and everyone must do their part to ensure we all arrive safely to our destination."

According to the Denver Police Department, there were 611 crash-related fatalities throughout the state in 2020, and according to National Transportation Safety Bureau, 31% of all fatal crashes are speed-related. 

Among the agencies partnering with DPD include Arvada, Aurora, Greenwood Village, Lakeside, Lakewood, Wheatridge Police Departments, the Colorado State Patrol and Colorado Department of Transportation, officials said.