The Denver traffic crisis is back.
The state’s traffic police department says the state’s top traffic engineer says it’s time to re-think traffic rules.
The Denver Traffic Division has been struggling to maintain order as traffic speeds have risen and the state struggles with an acute shortage of people and money to enforce traffic laws.
Its first-year head, Chris Smith, says the department needs a fresh start, and it wants to be ready for another influx of people in the city.
The department’s traffic enforcement director says a new traffic model needs to be considered.
The model should include increased patrols and other enforcement measures, he says.
Smith says the city is considering implementing a “zero-tolerance” policy that includes speeding and driving with a suspended license.
He says he doesn’t believe it will be implemented.
And it isn’t clear what will happen if drivers do get tickets.
In an interview, Denver police Chief Mark Beckerman said he doesn-t have the answers.
He said that while he has not talked to Smith directly, he has spoken with some traffic officials and they are not on board with the idea of a zero-tolerant approach.
“We’ve been looking at it, we’ve had conversations with some of those people,” Beckerman told The Associated Press.
Police have already started working with community groups, including the Denver Police Chiefs Association and the Denver Community Association.
Beckerman said police will not enforce all traffic laws at once.
He said some of the laws might be more restrictive than others.
The state is dealing with a traffic crisis in a city that has seen its population decline for more than a decade.
There are a total of 590,000 people in Denver, down from 592,000 a decade ago.
About 5,600 people have died in traffic accidents in the past decade.