Trooper cited for accident

Unsafe U-turn on Rabbit Ears results in fine, points on license

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— A Colorado State Patrol was cited Tuesday for her role in a traffic accident Saturday near Rabbit Ears Pass on U.S. Highway 40.

State Patrol Capt. Brett Williams said he made the decision to cite Trooper Melissa Remner for making an unsafe U-turn after reviewing the results of an accident investigation conducted by Sgt. Chad Dunlap.

"Public perception is that we try to cover these accidents up when it involves one of our own, but that isn't the case," Dunlap said. "There are procedures that we have to follow in investigating these accidents before we determine how to proceed."

"We hold everyone equally accountable, even when it's one of our own," Williams said.

Williams said the citation includes a $41.20 fine and three points on Remner's driver's license. As is the case with any citizen cited for a traffic violation, Remner has the option of fighting the ticket in court.

The accident occurred Saturday morning when Remner, who is based out of Craig, was making a U-turn on U.S. 40. While making the turn, she struck Steamboat Pilot & Today reporter Dave Shively as he attempted to pass her. Remner and Shively were driving east at the time of the accident, and the incident occurred in a passing zone with two lanes of traffic heading eastbound and one lane of traffic heading westbound.

Shively was not cited for the accident. No injuries were reported, and no other vehicles were involved. Shively's car suffered extensive damage.

The accident was a rare one for troopers who patrol Northwest Colorado, Williams said. Area troopers typically drive between 30,000 and 35,000 miles a year. In 2006, troopers in this region were involved in only five reported accidents. In only one of those incidents was the trooper found to be at fault, Williams said.

Often times if a trooper is not cited for an accident, he or she faces more severe internal reprimands, that Williams described as much worse than receiving a simple traffic ticket.

Although accidents involving troopers aren't common, they do reflect poorly on the agency, Dunlap said.

"Our whole point in being out there it to try to prevent accidents," he said. "It does look bad on our behalf when we cause them."

Comments

another_local 7 years, 2 months ago

Good. Sounds like the right decision. It is reassuring that the CSP is treating this the way it should be.

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thecondoguy1 7 years, 2 months ago

hear, hear for the CSP, thank God nobody was hurt, patroling these roads this time of year is not an easy job I do not envy this work, keeping us safe from ourselves is a lot of responsibility. I drive this 2-3 times a month and probably deserve this ticket more than she does. Pilot people you know how to reach me, I will pay her fine, e-mail me and I will follow instructions and get a check in the mail, her butt chewing from her supervisor is enough of a price for her to pay.

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Watcher 7 years, 2 months ago

This trooper should have been sited for careless driving and improper mountain driving in addition to the ticket she received; anyone else would have been.
Hey condo guy where do the rest of us sign up to get out tickets paid?lol

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Watcher 7 years, 2 months ago

Hey condo guy, I hear you just might be her fiance. Is this true? No wonder you are applauding the CSP. I would bet you are paying for the ticket anyway.

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id04sp 7 years, 2 months ago

Confucious say,

"The self-licking icecream cone always drips on itself."

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thecondoguy1 7 years, 2 months ago

Not true, don't know the lady from Adam, I just know I don't want her job, especially that romp back and forth up and down bunny ears in all weather. Oh yes, I got my share of tickets and deserved every one, my fault not hers. Give these cops a break this is tough work, she can take the butt chewing, It would be my a privlege to pay her ticket I am grateful for their work, not always happy, but grateful. regards......

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