DENVER - Current and former state troopers are pushing to change state law to allow permanent memorial signs along highways to honor those who have died in the line of duty.
But it has been a tricky process. The Colorado Department of Transportation allows, for a fee of $100, "temporary" signs that can stay up for six years to honor, for example, a victim of a drunken driver.
But permanent memorial signs are not allowed unless someone goes through the legislative process of renaming a portion of highway after someone or some group.
In the 80-year history of the Colorado State Patrol, 26 troopers have died in the line of duty. There are a couple of memorials — but without permanent signage — that are positioned away from the road.