Morrison Residents Say Town Has Turned Into A Speed Trap

November 21, 2012 12:15 AM

Morrison Residents Say Town Has Turned Into A Speed Trap
" MORRISON, Colo. (CBS4) – Morrison, the tiny town at the foot of Red Rocks, has significantly beefed up its police department in recent years, going from one full-time officer to six full-time officers, leading to a dramatic upswing in the number of tickets written by its police department.

“Why have speed limit signs if you’re not going to enforce them?” said Morrison Police Chief Rudy Sandoval.

Under Sandoval traffic enforcement has nearly doubled the number of tickets handed out each year and more than doubled ticket revenue.

In 2010 when Sandoval arrived, Morrison brought in $414,713.35 in ticket revenue from 3,848 moving violations. Sandoval immediately added five full-time officers to a department that only had one full-time officer. And in 2011 Morrison court records show ticket revenue more than doubled, increasing to $909,076.47 from 7,431 moving violations.

“Your bosses must be very pleased with the revenue you are generating?” Sandoval was asked.

“Who wouldn’t be?” responded the chief. “It shows we are dealing with the traffic situation around Morrison … If we did not there could be a fatal accident, that sort of thing "

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