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Heyburn Police Chief Dan Bristol

Heyburn Police Chief Dan Bristol

This week I wanted to pay my respects to a great man, friend and teacher who helped me get my start in law enforcement. Wes Dobbs, you will not be forgotten. From the many law enforcement officers you instructed through your many years at CSI, may you rest in peace.

Q: I wanted to ask a follow-up question about leaving information at the scene of an accident on private property. Let’s say that the information is left but that information gets removed by either the elements or just somebody being a jerk. Would the person still get into trouble for leaving the scene? Is there any other avenue of not getting into trouble? -Karen

A: Yes, the simplest answer would be to call the police and let them know of the crash. Giving the police your information and the plate number of the vehicle damaged would eliminate the need for worrying about getting into trouble.

The police might take a private property crash report, even though they are not required to. The police might also fill out an exchange of information sheet that allows the two parties to contact their insurance companies with the information that they have.

Another thing a person could do would to also simply wait for the owner of the other vehicle (hoping it’s not an employee who just started at work) to arrive so that information could be exchanged.

I will remind drivers that no matter the damage, a crash on private property is not a reportable crash no matter the cost of repair. The only thing that makes a crash have to be reported is that somebody was hurt and that does not mean wallet pain.

Q: What is the most a person can go over the speed limit without getting pulled over –Darren

A: That answer depends on if the cops are around. If there are no cops then you can go … just kidding, there are always cops around (citizens can be cops when observing a violation of the law by signing citations against violators).

The actual speed over the limit you can go is zero. The posted speed limit is the maximum speed that a driver can go. Although some law enforcement might have leeway, they could actually stop and cite for even one mile over the speed limit.

Of course as we talked about last week there are exceptions to the speed when passing at certain areas (If you didn’t red last week’s column then you’ll have to do some searching, of course you could find it on my Facebook page).

I would say, as a rule of thumb, that if your speedometer number and the speed limit sign number are fairly close you would not likely see flashing lights behind you.

Officer down

Please put these officers, killed in the line of duty, and their families in your prayers. They fought the good fight, now may they rest in peace. God bless these heroes.

Police Officer Craig Lehner, Buffalo Police, New York

Police Officer Justin Leo, Girard Police, Ohio

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Dan Bristol is the City of Heyburn Chief of Police.


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