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State Will Implement Pace Cars For Mountain Traffic

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One of the pace cars on Interstate 70 on Aug. 13, 2011. (credit: CBS)

One of the pace cars on Interstate 70 on Aug. 13, 2011. (credit: CBS)

SILVERTHORNE, Colo. (AP) – Colorado transportation officials say they plan to go ahead with a program using pace cars to reduce congestion on Interstate 70 in the mountains this winter.

Transportation officials say when traffic slows down, vehicles are able to pass through the Eisenhower-Johnson tunnels without creating gridlock.

During two tests this year, Silverthorne police and Colorado State Patrol vehicles served as pace cars, driving 45 to 55 mph in the center or left lane with their emergency lights.

Regional transportation director Tony DeVito says vehicle speeds dropped even after the tests were completed.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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