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Bob could help

Dear Editor:”The Sheriff of Pitkin County employs 16 sworn Peace Officers dedicated to the patrol function of a geographic area that is approximately 1,000 square miles, or roughly the size of Rhode Island. Much of it is mountainous and contiguous with National Forest and Wilderness lands.Deputies perform the universal law enforcement functions such as pro-active neighborhood patrols, traffic enforcement, response to crimes in progress, initial investigation of crime scenes and response to mass casualty accidents. Additional responsibilities with a Colorado mountain flair such as search and rescue, wildfire mitigation, response to snow avalanches/landslides, floods, river accidents and mining accidents round out a varied, challenging and rewarding employment.Blessed with a relatively peaceful community, crimes of violence receive special attention when they do occur.”If you were to Google the Pitkin County sheriff, you would be greeted by the friendly face of Sheriff Bob Braudis. The above is a quote from the sheriff’s office website. If deputies duties were listed like the ingredients on a food label, you would think that traffic enforcement was the second most important “ingredient.” However, as I see it, traffic enforcement has zero nutrition value in Pitkin County.Two major snow storms and two major accidents. Are residents of Pitkin County going to have to face the trauma, injury, loss of time and income, every time we have a major snow storm?Solutions to this issue … “Hello, Dan Blankenship, this is Sheriff Bob Braudis. Would you please tell your bus drivers to slow down? The speed limit in Pitkin County is 55 mph.””Hello, Aspen Times, this is Sheriff Bob Braudis. I am concerned about the aggressive driving construction vehicles and trucks in Pitkin County. Would you work with me to print articles and notices to slow people down?””Deputies, I am concerned about the number of accidents in Pitkin County due to aggressive driving. I want you to be present on Highway 82 as much as possible, especially during peak hours.””County commissioners, the HOV on Highway 82 is not safe. We need to find a solution to this problem, no matter what it takes.”Kim VieiraAspen