We all see them, and even if you’re not speeding, most of us tend to tap on the brakes just to make sure we are within the designated speed limit. They seem to be everywhere-Greeley motorcycle officers. It seems everywhere you turn, someone is pulled over. These officers are trained and on the lookout. No they don’t have a quota, just a job to do. So how do we avoid the ticket? Is it even possible?
Hmmm, firstly, we COULD go the speed limit; too many times going five over the speed limit easily leads to ten over without the driver even noticing. If you’re speeding, chances are you’re going to get caught. If you do get pulled over, be honest, polite, and follow directions.
Here are some suggestions we received from Greeley Police Traffic unit Sergeant Walde who stated, “We like voluntary compliance.” When it comes to traffic control, it is an “educational process.” His belief: “Warnings rarely work.” He had a past experience where he gave a young driver a warning and the following week the same driver was in an accident.
The traffic unit increased from having only four officers to seven in 2004. In total there are 8 officers, including Walde, who work in the traffic unit. To become a motorcycle officer, there is an application process and an 80 hour course if selected. These officers must be in excellent shape as the motorcycle weights up to 828 pounds and they must learn to pick up and go in a hurry. All officers on the traffic unit are technical accident investigators, ranking a three or above on their level of expertise.
Sergeant Walde went on to confirm that these officers do not have a quota and the department does not set one. He explained some officers set personal goals and that’s acceptable. As with anything, some days are slower than others.
How can you help? The police department needs to know if there are problem areas in Greeley. They can be reported to Sergeant Walde at (970) 350-9604 or by calling the general number at (970) 350-9600.
ON AVERAGE, A TRAFFIC UNIT OFFICER GIVES OUT 15 TICKETS A DAY
THE MOST COMMON OFFENSE IS SPEEDING
A GROWING CONCERN IS TAILGAITING AND AGGRESSIVE DRIVING
MOTORCYCLE OFFICERS RIDE YEAR ROUND AS LONG AS THERE IS NOT ICE ON THE GROUND
THANKSGIVING AND NEW YEARS ARE UPCOMING DUI CHECKPOINT WEEKENDS, AS WELL AS THREE WEEKS BEFORE CHRISTMAS (as this is when people have “holiday parties”)