A young Owyhee County driver has earned a distinction he would probably rather not own. His 70 mph run through a 35 mph chip seal construction zone, including passing Idaho State Police Col. Ralph Powell, prompted Powell to issue the first citation he has written in 11 years.
The ISP boss was on Highway 78 between Marsing and Murphy Wednesday participating in a July 4th Weekend safety campaign called, “All Hands On Deck” which put every uniformed officer in the state on the road–including himself. The desk jockies all had to get behind the wheel and show the colors in an effort to reduce traffic accidents and promote safe driving.
Powell has been a district commander and headquarters command staffer so long, his ticket book looks like a historical artifact. He confessed to the GUARDIAN he had to dig around in the trunk of his unmarked car just to find it.
“I hadn’t really planned to make any contacts. I was just doing motorist assists and checking on abandoned vehicles so the troops could concentrate on the freeway,” said Powell.
Powell said the young driver was, “a really nice kid, but he sure wasn’t paying attention!”
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