Grand County speed zones not fair to motorists
August 28, 2008
To the Editor:
I found it ironic that the cover story of your July 29 issue featured a story about how traffic fines had just doubled throughout Colorado and featured a picture of a motorist receiving a ticket. On that same afternoon while traveling through Granby, my wife received her first speeding ticket in over 25 years of driving.
The officer issuing the ticket went through the normal routine of belaboring the reason my wife was pulled over. According to the officer, my wife was speeding as she entered town.
Who isn’t speeding at some point when entering Granby? The distance between the 55, 45 and 35 MPH signs is so short, you almost endanger yourself and everyone around you if you immediately come down to those speeds. That got me to thinking, that the town of Granby, and many others throughout Colorado, must be enjoying a summertime Christmas and should be flush with cash. As we know, many of the motorists on the highways this time of year are tourists ” many of whom will not bother to contest the ticket.
It gets even better. If you agree not to contest and pay the ticket within a few weeks, they’ll even give you a discount on the points. This is bargain basement. So instead of applying the laws fairly, police officers have now become pimps for the local municipalities, encouraged to have fundraisers in the name of public safety.
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m all for traffic laws. However, the way the posted speed is established throughout Grand County appears to be a bit unfair to the casual motorist. The traffic laws and their application are nothing short of extortion.
Oh, and by the way, it was amusing how the officer detected my wife’s speed on one side of town and waited until we got to the other side of town ” nearly one mile ” before he decided to pull her over. I hope they enjoy the motorist-funded Christmas Party.