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5 top places to get a speeding ticket in Colorado

DENVER — It only takes a moment and the radar has your speed locked in.

Colorado State Patrol Cpl. Darrell Salberg spends a lot of time watching for speeders.

“We’re not out here to write tickets because if we write this many we get a prize.  We’re out here for the safety of the people on E-470 just like we are for the people in I-25, I-225 and I-70.”

We asked the Patrol for all of their speeding tickets and the location they were issued for 2013.  We then aggregated and mapped all the data and found five locations around the state where the most speeding tickets were issued.

No. 5: I-25 near Longmont

Number 5 on the list is Interstate 25 near Longmont.

In 2013, the State Patrol handed out 437 tickets along this stretch of highway.

I-25 is one of the most traveled parts of the state and the long stretches of roadway from Fort Collins to Denver make it easy for drivers to push the petal to the metal.

No. 4: County Road 8 in El Paso County

In El Paso County, County Road 8, also known as Gold Camp Road, had 449 tickets handed out in 2013, making it fourth on our list.

This narrow road travels from south Colorado Springs west into the mountains.

It passes some popular tourist spots including Penrose-Rosemont Reservoir and several campgrounds in the Pike National Forest.

No. 3: E-470 at m.m. 19

Number three on the list is on the way to Denver International Airport.

Maybe drivers are rushing to a flight, but E-470 at mile marker 19 saw 512 tickets handed out last year.

Salberg said new roads may be one reason why drivers end up speeding.

“I’ve stopped people who had no idea they were just driving because the road was smooth,” he said.

No. 2: Hwy. 160 from Denver to Durango

Number two on the list is a pencil straight stretch of road between Denver and Durango on Highway 160.

In 2013, 576 tickets were passed out for speeding there.

Salberg said he remembers when the fine for speeding jumped from $77 to $167 in 2008.  He said he thought the increase in fine amount would create a degrease in speeders.

It didn’t.

“People are going to speed regardless. It doesn’t matter how much the fine is going to be.”

No. 1: E-470 at m.m. 24

The number one location you are most likely to get caught speeding by the State Patrol is on E-470 at E. 56th Avenue in Adams County.

Last year the State Patrol handed out 652 tickets near that location.

Not everyone who gets a ticket lets it ruin their day.

Salberg told us he remembers giving a ticket to a lady in a Prius.

“She goes, ‘I’m going to go back and tell my friends about this. This is hilarious,'” Salberg said.

20 comments

  • Greg J.

    My favorite… “people keep speeding [regardless of the fine going up]”. Now an intelligent person might say “Hmm, if people seem to think that X speed is a safe speed in ideal conditions maybe our speed limits need adjusting?” Cops and Legislators: “Nah lets ignore the traffic engineers, we like the revenue stream too much.”

    If this cop ACTUALLY thinks hes making driving safer he really needs to watch this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BKdbxX1pDw

  • Vaughan

    There’s a photo van on Federal about 3600 South. If you’re caught there you won’t even know you were speeding until you get the bill in the mail.

    • Mark

      I thought that red light camera have since been outlawed in Colorado. This article stokes the myth that more cops and more law enforcement has a positive impact on “public safety”. There is no such correlation. IF I were in charge I would make speeding fines $1/mph over the limit…or temporarily suspend all fine. Who, then, thinks that cops would still give out tickets? If it is TRULY about public safety, then of course they would. If it is TRULY about revenue, then would likely stop. Who thinks, as I do, that they would stop issuing tickets if there was no revenue to be gained? It is a shame this revenue grab causes all of us to suffer under statewide speed limits that are artificially low.

      • Vaughan

        So did I but this was a Speeding photo van. I would love to find out that the ban included them as well and they were required to send a refund to everyone that paid over the last 6 months.

  • Jan Verhoeff

    Reblogged this on Jan Verhoeff and commented:
    Lead foot much? There’s no way of getting around it for most of us who spend our lives behind the wheel. If you’re keeping up with traffic, you’re most likely speeding. If not, you’re a hazard on the road. Watch your location and read this article for more information!

  • Anonymous

    Wow…for #2 he states it’s a straight stretch of interstate on the way to Durango on Highway 160. There is no interstate in that area and your graphic is labeled HWY 8 which is no where near Durango. The location is just outside of Pagosa Springs between the town and Wolf Creek Ski Area.

  • John

    There is a photo van nearly always parked on Speer going north from Cherry Creek. There is a part of Speer that drops to 30 mph before jumping back to 35. That is where it is parked. Please slow down and stop this revenue stream from these speed traps designed for the sole purpose of revenue without any value in safety.

  • Stacy

    I wonder what stretch of Hwy 160 this is talking about. Could be close to Alamosa or heading east out of Durango. Not much of that highway is straight.

    • Larry L

      I’m thinking it’s got to be in the San Luis Valley. Ft. Garland to Blanca, Blanca to Alamosa, Alamosa to MonteVista, and even Monte Vista to Del Norte all have some pretty straight stretches.

    • Anonymous

      The location is just outside of Pagosa Springs, close to the roadside CDOT building, between the town and Wolf Creek Ski Area.

  • Anonymous

    highway 85 in Nunn. CO. The police are waiting for you like cheese on a mouse trap. DO NOT even go 1 mile over or your doomed…

  • anon

    “petal to the metal”
    “create a degrease in speeders”
    Good gosh, if the spell checker clears it is it ready for publishing?
    If you can’t afford an editor, my eight year old son can help.

  • Anonymous

    how about along C470 at morrison, they are there almost every morning and night. It is the Morrison Cops

  • Smitty

    Lots of us cruise at 95 MPH on I-25. All the way from Monument hill to Castle Rock, then again into Denver. Speeding tickets is all about revenue and keeping the traffic courts full, for more revenue. It also lets us peons know who is boss. A pox on the useless Colorado Highway Patrol.

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