Not above the law
Dear Editor:On April 26 at about 4:30 p.m., I was driving upvalley to go to work. At some point I had passed a RFTA bus headed in the same direction. It was one of the low-profile buses, so it caught my attention. It was empty. As I exited Snowmass Canyon at Gerbazdale, this bus came flying past me. Shortly after that, he spotted a Pitkin County sheriff in the northbound lane and slammed on his brakes; with no apparent response to his speeding, he continued on. I kept him in my sights as he continued to speed away in and out of each lane. Another Pitkin County sheriff passed – no brakes, no response.As my irritation with how he was driving began to rise, so did my curiosity about the possible collusion with the county and RFTA. Are the buses exempt from obeying the speed limits on one of our state’s most dangerous highways? I attempted to gain on the bus to obtain the number so I could phone in to RFTA. By the time I caught him at Cozy Point, I was traveling in excess of 80 mph – yes, I too was speeding at this point. I continued to watch your erratic driving at Shale Bluffs; I again was speeding (60 mph) in effort to keep up. You were driving that bus way too fast!Bus No. 620, you and RFTA know who you are. Obviously the call from your dispatch made no difference. Maybe this will. I hope that maybe you will think again before driving in such a manner, for your safety as well as the safety of the rest of us on the road. Maybe a whopping speeding ticket might wake you up!Jo BershenyiGlenwood Springs
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Just in time for Halloween, the Pitkin County Board of Health voted 4-2 to reduce the size of informal gatherings from 10 to five for at least the next two weeks starting Friday. According to the public health director, officials are currently investigating 11 outbreaks in Pitkin County.