The El Paso County Sheriff's Office Steps Up Grant-funded Traffic Enforcement

October 27, 2021

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has launched additional traffic enforcement efforts thanks to two grants from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTSA).  These grants are administered by the State of Colorado. Combined, they provide the EPSO with over 400k dollars to help combat excessive speed, distracted drivers, and impaired drivers.  El Paso County infamously is a state leader in motor vehicle crash fatalities in part because of poor driving behaviors such as these.

These grants will fund the purchase of traffic enforcement equipment, specifically the addition of Light Detection and Ranging devices (LIDARs) to our inventory. These will be added to the Sheriff’s Office toolbox for speed tracking and enforcement purposes.

Additionally, the grants will help the EPSO to pay overtime for dedicated traffic safety and impaired driving enforcement deputies throughout the county without diverting from needed on-duty personnel and equipment resources.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office continues to encourage community compliance with traffic laws through deterrence. We provide education in a variety of ways with the intent to prevent hazardous and dangerous traffic situations from occurring, thus reducing the number of traffic accidents and fatalities in our county.

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