Po­lice is­sue 57 tick­ets over il­le­gal ve­hi­cles

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Nate Miller

Gree­ley’s Po­lice Depart­ment re­cently be­gan to step up en­force­ment of traf­fic rules gov­ern­ing noisy ve­hi­cles, de­fec­tive muf­flers and al­tered ex­haust sys­tems and is­sued 57 ci­ta­tions in 12 hours.

“This is a prob­lem that’s been go­ing on for a long time and it ap­pears it’s get­ting worse,” Gree­ley po­lice chief Jerry Garner said Thurs­day.

As a part of an in­creased fo­cus on noisy ve­hi­cles and driv­ers, late and swing-shift of­fi­cers worked Wed­nes­day night and Thurs­day morn­ing en­forc­ing or­di­nances gov­ern­ing noisy ve­hi­cles, de­fec­tive muf­flers and al­tered ex­haust sys­tems, Gree­ley po­lice spokesman Sgt. Joe Tymkowych said in an email.

The high num­ber of tick­ets writ­ten gives a good idea of just how many il­le­gally noisy ve­hi­cles and driv­ers Gree­ley has, Garner said.

“I don’t an­tic­i­pate that we’ll have that many tick­ets writ­ten on any other night, but it’s the be­gin­ning of in­creas­ing that aware­ness,” he said. “I think what they did last night was try to start get­ting the mes­sage across to peo­ple that this is rude be­hav­ior, this is dis­cour­te­ous be­hav­ior and it’s also un­law­ful be­hav­ior.”

When talking with Gree­ley res­i­dents, Garner said the two big­gest con­cerns he hears re­gard dan­ger­ous and noisy driv­ers. He says both are valid com­plaints.

Garner’s depart­ment has been work­ing to curb dan­ger­ous driv­ing by writ­ing tick­ets for in­jury-caus­ing vi­o­la­tions, he said.

Now he hopes he and his of­fi­cers might be able to tone down the noisy ve­hi­cles op­er­at­ing with­out a func­tional muf­fler and driv­ers who choose to squeal their tires, gun their en­gines and gen­er­ally cause a dis­tur­bance. The en­force­ment ap­plies to mo­tor­cy­cles and ve­hi­cles, alike.

He called Gree­ley one of the nois­i­est places he’s ever been.

“Our mis­sion for the po­lice depart­ment is to im­prove the qual­ity of life for the peo­ple of Gree­ley — that’s our very short mis­sion state­ment,” Garner said. “It’s been the same for about 11 years. And you don’t have a very good qual­ity of life if you can’t sleep at night or you can’t leave your win­dows open in the sum­mer­time be­cause of noisy ve­hi­cles.”

Garner said his of­fi­cers won’t spend a lot of time on noisy ve­hi­cles on a rou­tine ba­sis, but Wed­nes­day — with a high num­ber of of­fi­cers on duty — of­fered a great day to start the in­creased fo­cus on the prob­lem. In the com­ing weeks Gree­ley of­fi­cers won’t stop search­ing for bur­glars, look­ing for drunk driv­ers or any of their nor­mal du­ties. They’ll just have an ear out for peo­ple caus­ing a dis­tur­bance.

“We’re just go­ing to pay a lit­tle more at­ten­tion to them, but our pref­er­ence would be that peo­ple solve the prob­lem be­fore we have to write a ticket,” he said. “These are the folks that are mak­ing a lot of noise on pur­pose — not be­cause they can’t af­ford to get their muf­fler fixed, but be­cause they’re gen­er­at­ing a lot of at­ten­tion for them­selves by cre­at­ing ex­tra noise.”

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