NOREEN: Yes, CSP runs a bit heavy on Ute Pass

BARRY NOREEN Updated: January 25, 2013 at 12:00 am • Published: January 25, 2013

Reader Mary Barrowman wrote, “My question...that I know is shared with many others that travel Highway 24 between Colorado Springs and Divide — the Ute Pass.

Why so many State Patrol cars?

Never have we seen so many State Patrol in so few miles as we do in the pass. It is not unusual to see three in a single commute. What justifies this manpower — danger? Speed traps?

Sure seems like a huge asset and resource for a small area. Who makes the assignment and the determination of value? It is hard to imagine how this is the best use of limited taxpayer dollars.”

It is not your imagination, Ms. Barrowman, but there is a good explanation.

Here is the answer, provided by Capt. Jeff Goodwin of the Colorado State Patrol: “The CSP has a significant presence in both of the gaming areas for the state of Colorado. We are contracted by the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission to provide public safety

professional law enforcement services in the counties that offer gaming activities. In most cases you will see our troopers on the state and U.S. highways that allow access to the gaming communities and at times the CSP will be asked to assist municipal or county officers with a call for service.

“If your reader believes that they are seeing a CSP patrol car more often on U.S. Highway 24 than other parts of the state they are probably correct because of the nature of our contract surrounding Cripple Creek, Woodland Park and Teller County. The same would be true if a person were driving in Jefferson (County ) or Gilpin County west of Denver en route to Central City or Blackhawk. The CSP patrols U.S. 6 and Colorado 119 in the same manner.

The additional trooper presence is designed to make highways safer by driving down the number of DUI

DUID caused crashes and reducing the number of fatal collisions. The State Patrol has been working with the Gaming Commission since 1991 when limited stakes gaming became a part of Colorado’s landscape.”

Reader Robert Prather wanted to know, “What’s up with all the scaffolding at the Union Printers Home?”

The answer, according to a spokeswoman there, is that workers are putting a new roof on the historic building because of hail damage from last summer.

Got a question? Contact Barry Noreen at 636-0363 or at barry.noreen@gazette.com. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter. Hear him on KRDO NewsRadio 105.5 FM and 1240 AM at 6:35 a.m. Fridays.

 

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