County takes first step to adopting model traffic code

The model traffic code was adopted on first reading Monday by the Mesa County Commission.

The code allows for the revenue coming from traffic tickets issued by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department to remain in Mesa County.

Current law requires those funds go to the state.

Earlier this year Sheriff Stan Hilkey won budget approval from the commission, and secured a federal grant, to start the new traffic unit, which should be operational this summer.

But Commissioner Craig Meis has said he has reservations about the new unit.

“I don’t want to live in a police county,” he said after Monday’s meeting.

Meis said he supports the county adopting the traffic code, but is not a fan of expanding the Sheriff’s Department.

The model traffic code will be available online, http://www.mesacounty.us and at the Mesa County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, 599 Rood Ave., for review.

The public will have one month to review it before it is officially adopted.

The ordinance will have a second reading 9 a.m. June 1.


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