Sunday, February 11, 2007
After a full and complete "investigation," the Colorado State Patrol has decided to charge one of its own with the crime of an improper U-turn. The CSP captain claims to want the public to be assured that they do not cover up these accidents when investigating an accident that was clearly caused by one of their members.
Please. Who is he kidding? Why not turn the investigation over to an independent agency such as the Sheriff's Office?
Just imagine that you or I had been driving up the pass when, out of the blue, we pulled a U-turn in front of a vehicle that was legally passing us and caused extensive damage to the vehicle (with the possibility of injury to the passing vehicle's driver). Does anyone believe that we would get only a U-turn citation from the State Patrol? Surely it would be careless driving at the least, if not reckless driving.
Wasn't it just recently that a CSP trooper totaled a cruiser when he rear-ended a log truck on Rabbit Ears Pass? After a full and complete "investigation" by the Colorado State Patrol, the trooper escaped any citation.