Five traffic officers cited 36 drivers during a two-hour long speed emphasis on Coal Creek Parkway on Tuesday, September 27th. The drivers were ticketed for speeding, cellphone use (E-DUI) and modified muffler violations. The speed emphasis is part of the police department’s coordinated anti-crime initiative.
The department has received dozens of complaints from residents and construction workers on Coal Creek who don’t feel safe because of the excess speed of some drivers. “These high visibility patrols not only remind the cited drivers to slow down, but every other driver who sees the patrols will automatically slow down,” said Captain Landon Barnwell.
During the emphasis, one of the officers walked into a business and immediately recognized a person suspected of stealing a $2400 bicycle from REI. The officer looked outside the business and saw the bright yellow bike. The suspect admitted to the theft, was arrested and booked into jail.
There will be more speed emphasis patrols throughout the city in the weeks ahead.