by G. Kunkel
Seems the Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Department has spare time on their hands. There’s a new I 70 speed trap.
I discovered this new beauty on the way home from work Saturday night from the ski resort. There was no ski traffic at 8 pm so I guess they needed something to do or generate some revenue.
It’s never wise to speed on a holiday weekend and this was no exception. I was tired after a long day of work so I kept the pickup at a nice steady 55 mph where the speed limit is lowered near Idaho Springs.
Traveling in the middle lane of eastbound I 70 just before the new (twin) tunnel, I looked over to the side of the road and saw a big pow-wow of Clear Creek Sheriff Dept vehicles. I looked down at my speedometer and I was definitely going 55 mph. No worries – I thought. I just traveled on about my business.
About a minute later, I saw flashing lights coming down the interstate. Thinking it was an emergency call I signaled and moved to the far right lane. Next thing I know, the cop decided to line up behind my truck and stayed there for about 300 yards or so. I’m thinking – ‘what the heck are you doing?’. I really hadn’t done anything except look at their little speed trap set up in the old construction area before the tunnel. Didn’t even hit the brakes.
The cop sat back there and I’m looking for a safe place to pull over all the while in disbelief. Before I could pull over I guess the cop realized he had targeted the wrong vehicle. He moved to the middle lane and scoped out my vehicle. He then moved on up the highway.
The cop car traveled to the all white SUV just in front of me and sat on his bumper. That guy knew he was guilty and immediately pulled over.
Thank you Clear Creek Deputies for recognizing the difference between an all white SUV and my white pickup with a black topper. I really didn’t want to argue with you guys. I was tired and just wanted to get home. I do appreciate the difficult job you do too.
So the lesson to all you Interstate 70 travelers – the traffic jam may have stopped at the eastbound Twin Tunnels but the speed traps hasn’t. The Clear Creek Sheriff’s Dept looked pretty content holed up on that shoulder. Nice wide place out of traffic for them to set up some enforcement.
Welcome to the new Twin Tunnel speed trap.
And on another note – the Colorado Highway Patrol has set up new enforcement on Highway 40 over Berthoud Pass. I guess he couldn’t get any speeders on the north side of the pass so he’s now on the south side of the pass to keep the Clear Creek Deputies company.
He sets up anywhere between Empire and Berthoud Falls. The past month I’ve noticed he’s pulled people over just outside Empire and those foolish enough to go 60+ in the 35 mph zone through Berthoud Falls. That’s usually where the CCC deputies set up at the bottom of the pass.
So all you aggressive lead-footed BMW drivers and Texans are now forewarned. Uhm, don’t speed through the town of Winter Park either. If you look at the weekly police blotter you’ll understand why.
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