Prom weekend prompts patrols

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Representatives of local law enforcement agencies say they will concentrate on making this weekend prom weekend a safe one for teens.

The Craig Police Department, the Moffat County Sheriff's Office and Colorado State Patrol Troop 4B will be cruising through the area with an added vigilance.

The police department will have DUI-specific patrols out on Friday and Saturday nights, and will patrol the area around Moffat County High School at a higher rate Saturday night, which is prom night.

"Our officers are going to stress that area for extra patrols," Craig Police Administrative Sgt. Bill Leonard said. "Knowing what's going on that night, we'll have more officers driving through the area."

The department is not adding any more cars to the weekend patrols, but will have a higher concentration of police presence, Leonard said.

Craig Police Student Resource Officer Bridgit Camilletti is attending both the prom and the school-sponsored after-prom party. She will act both as an officer and as someone who works at the high school.

"I'm mostly there because of my relationship with the students and with the teachers I was invited basically as a part of the staff," Camilletti said. "I'm attending as part of my duties as a resource officer, and it's P.R. related I'm there because of the time I spend with the students."

The sheriff's office is not adding patrols but will be paying extra attention to party spots that lie outside of the city.

"We're not going to put anyone else out on patrol, but we'll be definitely be watching out for the kids that night that's how we'll work to protect them," MCSO Sgt. Tim Jantz said. "We know some of those places (kids like to party) and we'll be paying extra attention to those areas."

Colorado State Patrol Trooper Brad Keadle stressed the importance of safety awareness for teens, especially on prom weekend.

"Next month, we'll be having the first wave of Operation America Buckles Children as part of our Buckle Up America program, but the message is just as important now, with prom this weekend," Keadle said.

"Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in this country, and most of the kids killed are not wearing seat belts. It's the biggest killer

of teens."

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