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Traffic Unit:


The Traffic Unit is a community oriented, problem solving unit, which provides public safety service and traffic law enforcement to the citizens of El Paso County. The Traffic Unit was established in 1996, and is comprised of one sergeant, and six deputies.


The traffic unit focuses on providing traffic specific enforcement throughout the county, responding to citizen complaints as well as working those areas known to be high is traffic accidents. The unit also provides training both to deputies in our Office as well as other law enforcement officers throughout the region.


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The philosophy of the Traffic Unit is to increase traffic safety through education and enforcement. To report a citizen traffic complaint, please call (719) 520-7192.


  Traffic Resources
   Neighborhood Traffic Survey

  Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Traffic Citations
   Why does El Paso County have a model traffic code?

   How are the traffic fines determined?

   Where does the money from the fine go?

   What is a surcharge?

   How is the amount of the surcharge determined?

   Where does the money from the surcharges go?

   What is the extra $5.00 for?


Q: Why does El Paso County have a model traffic code?


A: Colorado Revised Statute (C.R.S.) 30-15-401 grants the Board of County Commissioners the power to adopt ordinances for control of matters that are a local concern.


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Q: How are the traffic fines determined?


A: All traffic fines are based on C.R.S. 42-4-1701.


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Q: Where does the money from the fine go?


A: C.R.S. 42-8-109 (2) states that fifty percent of the state fines go to the Colorado Treasurer, who deposits the funds to the state highway fund. The remaining fifty percent goes to the county treasurer. However, per C.R.S. 30-15-402 (1), if the violation is charged as a county ordinance violation, the entire fine and base surcharge amount goes to the county in which the violation occurred.


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Q: What is a surcharge?


A: The surcharge is an additional fee that is authorized by statute.


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Q: How is the amount of the surcharge determined?


A: The base surcharge is established in C.R.S. 42-4-1701. Additional surcharges are authorized by other statutes and are itemized on traffic tickets.


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Q: Where does the money from the surcharges go?


A: Under C.R.S. 30-15-402, $10.00 is deposited to the Victims and Witnesses Assistance and Law Enforcement Fund established in the judicial district in which the violation occurred pursuant to C.R.S. 24-4.2-103. If the ticket is for speeding, C.R.S. 30-15-402 authorizes an additional $15.00 to be assessed and paid to the Colorado Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund. If the ticket concerns a motorcycle infraction, C.R.S. 42-4-1502 (4.5) an additional $15.00 surcharge is assessed for the Brain Injury Trust fund, as of July 1, 2009. There is also a $2.50 surcharge which goes to the Colorado Offender Identification Fund, per C.R.S. 24-33.5-415.6(4). An additional $1.00 is assessed, per the Family Friendly Courts Act. C.R.S. 42-4-1701(4)(a)(VI)(A).


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Q: What is the extra $5.00 for?


A: The El Paso County Treasurer’s Office charges a $5.00 administrative fee for processing tickets.


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Contact Title Telephone Email
Lt. Bill Burns Lieutenant (719) 520-7170 Lt. Bill Burns
Sgt. Jim Choate Sergeant (719) 520-7217 Sgt. Jim Choate

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