MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KJCT) -- State troopers are giving something other than tickets to motorists this winter.
Troopers along the Western Slope are handing out emergency roadside kits.
The comfort and assist bags include snacks, a mylar blanket, water, warm socks, an ice scraper, resource sheet, water container, safety whistle, hand sanitizer, Band-Aid’s and sunscreen.
Drivers who are broken down, involved in crashes, and other emergency situations will receive the kits.
“This is just our way of saying be safe out there,” said Colorado State Patrol Tpr. Chris Wright. "We are trying to keep you safe, keep you safe after the fact, and be able to thrive in the cold winter temperatures we have in this state."
All the items were donated by local businesses, including Community Hospital, Family Health West, Cabela’s, the Grand Junction Police Department and the Clifton Christian Church food bank.
“The positive relationships we can build through the community, even the folks just traveling through. If we can keep everybody in our local community happy and safe that's our number one goal,” said Tpr. Wright
The troopers said they'll also have a summer version of the program with hot weather survival kits.