Park City police field report of car engines revving ‘over and over’

Department receives complaints about a variety of traffic-related issues

The Park City Police Department recently responded to traffic-related cases on or close to Monitor Drive, shown on Tuesday. It is an important street that connects Kearns Boulevard and the interior of Park Meadows. The police received complaints about engine revving in the area.
Jay Hamburger/Park Record

The Park City Police Department in the middle of August received complaints about a variety of traffic-related issues and pulled over drivers in other instances as officers continued to address what has long been a chief concern of the community.

The cases did not appear to be serious, but they highlighted that the roads remain busy in the waning weeks of the summer-tourism season. Public police logs in some instances did not provide details about the cases or information about whether someone was warned or received a ticket. Police officers in many cases issue warnings instead of tickets. The cases last week occurred in a variety of locations, including Old Town and Prospector.

The Police Department on consecutive days fielded two uncommon complaints about engine noise.

On Thursday, Aug. 17 at 10:49 p.m., the police received a report about drivers who were revving car engines “over and over” on Monitor Drive. The day before, on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 10:21 p.m., the police received a complaint about drivers in two cars revving the engines in the area of the same street.

The department logged the cases as suspected disturbing the peace.

Monitor Drive is an important street that connects Kearns Boulevard and the interior of Park Meadows.

Some of the other recent cases include:

• on Friday, Aug. 18 at 10:07 p.m., an officer pulled over a driver on Park Avenue after seeing the vehicle without lights illuminated. The police found the vehicle was a rental and the officer “assisted with lights operation.” The case was one of several involving issues with lights.

• on Aug. 18 at 8:29 p.m., a police officer stopped a driver on Kearns Boulevard after watching a vehicle make a “wide right turn off” Monitor Drive, into what the department described as the wrong lane.

• on Monday, Aug. 14 at 10:30 p.m., an officer stopped a driver on S.R. 224 after observing the rear lights were not illuminated. The officer issued a written warning. A similar case was reported at 9:25 p.m. in the area of Park Avenue and 13th Street.

On Thursday, Aug. 17 at 10:24 a.m., meanwhile, someone called the Police Department asking to talk to an officer about traffic in the area of Buffalo Bill Drive and Sidewinder Drive. The person told the police “no one stops” and vehicle speeds were 15 mph above the posted speed limit. The police described the call as a traffic complaint.

The worry about speeding expressed in the 10:24 a.m. case is a common concern across Park City neighborhoods even after years of efforts by law enforcement and the wider municipal government to combat the practice. The Police Department regularly performs traffic patrols designed to be a visible deterrent to speeding drivers while City Hall has taken steps over time to address speeding, such as installing digital speed signs that show how fast a vehicle is traveling as it passes the signs.


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