Traffic Safety Unit
Traffic Unit Team Photo: Deputy Keith Chadd, Sgt. Jeff Byrne, and Deputy Ben Carnes
The Mesa County Sheriff's Office launched their Traffic Safety Unit in May 2009. The Traffic Safety Unit consists of one Sergeant and two deputies. The Traffic Safety Unit was developed as a result of continued citizen surveys supporting a dedicated traffic unit to address on-going complaints from citizens regarding violations such as speeding, running stop signs, etc. Current focus is on traffic safety, education, speed enforcement, DUI enforcement, and much more.
The Sheriff's Office was awarded LEAF grant money for 2009, from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), but the state has since suspended those grant funds statewide. Now, through a mandated state statute the Traffic Safety Unit gets High Visibility Enforcement Fund money. Those funds are used for overtime to do DUI staturation patrols and DUI Checkpoints done multiple times throughout the year.
DUI arrests totaled 212 in 2009, with 168 DUI arrests through the third quarter of 2009. In comparision with 2010, there have been 100 DUI arrests through the third quarter of the year. Deputies continue to participate in DUI checkpoints throughout the year with Colorado State Patrol and the Grand Junction Police Department.
If you have a high traffic or problematic traffic area in the County that you would like to report to the Traffic Safety Unit, please click on the link below. In your e-mail, please give details about the traffic issue and your contact information so the Traffic Safety Unit can follow-up with you directly. Thank you for your assistance in keeping our community safe.
Submit an e-mail tip to the Traffic Unit