Can you hear me now?
One one level, the Vail Town Council’s split vote this week to outlaw those “jake” brakes loudly used by truckers through town is just as silly as Councilwoman Diana Donovan characterizes it.
Ultimately, she and colleagues Dick Cleveland and Bill Jewitt are right. Better to drop the speed limit than make trucks even less safe.
At another level, though, the move is a smart shot across the bow of big rigs across the country that view Vail as just one more pipsqueak they roar past on their way to important points west.
Rhetorically, the first reading of an ordinance against the jake brakes certainly has the truckers’ attention. Which was the point.
The more effective way to legislate against the problem is to drop the speed limit to 55 mph or lower – and enforce it. That would quiet the roar, and just might even persuade more of the nation’s fleet of semis to use other interstates.
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The problem has been building over time as highway traffic ratchets upward at a rate of about 3 percent a year.
Tuesday, at last, the prospect of the council banning the use of the brakes brought trucker representatives to the chambers, and presumably, the table.
If not this, what are the truckers going to do to be more respectful to the community?
Sometimes you do have to, well, be a little foolish. Let’s not make it a habit, though. OK?
Speaking of foolishness, police working to keep the public high school homecoming weekends safer noted a disturbing trend of parents defending their underaged darlings’ right to drink alcohol. Huh?
Never mind the law or potential of young drinkers dooming themselves in greater numbers to alcoholism and all the misery that comes with that. Think basic safety on the roads. These parents with twisted priorities put the rest of us in greater danger.
Lift a finger?
Eagle County residents like to think they are environmentally sensitive, but as a whole they are not. The failures of recycling, the easiest of all ways to demonstrate one’s concern for Mother Nature, provides a telling example.
Only 2.5 percent of the waste poured at the county landfill is diverted through recycling. The recycling bins are a mess. The towns do little to nothing to support recycling. Residents do next to nothing.
Only Honeywagon and Waste Management do their part by offering curbside recycling.
We all ought to be at least a little ashamed. We can do better.