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Giddy days bear road risk

Don Rogers

School is just about done for another school year, and the kids are excited, giddy even. The euphoria is most pronounced among the students graduating from high school, of course. And so is their parents’ fear.With the public high schools holding their graduations Saturday, that fear will peak with the excitement of the moment, young people’s sense of immortatlity and in too many cases, alcohol and driving. Nationwide, this is a most dangerous time on the road.At Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley high schools, parents each year work through the year to put on an overnight party for their graduates that’s free of alcohol or other drugs. That’s one night they can take a break from worry.Local and state police – by no coincidence – are cranking up their patrols and checkpoints, starting this week. Let’s see, there’s Colorado Target Zero, Checkpoint Colorado and Click it or Ticket.Expect the checkpoints at various locations all summer long, through Labor Day weekend, buttressed with grants to keep officers out checking.By now you might have noticed the extra diligence on I-70, where nudging 80 mph will get you pulled over; forget about that mythical 10 mph comfort zone. The author, alas, knows this first hand.Seems the kids are not the only ones who might need to slow down and think a little harder about safety on the road.Put it to a voteNow the Minturn Town Council is talking some sense. Last week they agreed to hear out the latest proposal to build that RV park in town. If it gets far enough – here’s the part we like – they’ll take the plan to the ballot box and let the town residents decide. No coy dodging over lease or sale of the land. A vote of the people, as it should be.


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