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Why speed?

Dear Editor:

I found Tony Humphry’s letter of June 28 very interesting regarding his pleasant commute home because everyone was following a deputy into town. I wonder why it is that we speed at all? Most of us don’t steal or lie on a regular basis, most of us are considerate of others when waiting in lines at the grocery store, so why are we so willing to break the law on a consistent basis when we get into our vehicles? What happens to our brain when we get behind the wheel and drive a machine that could kill us and others?

Tony suggests more patrol during rush hours, but my guess is the problem is too big for one deputy driving up and down the road to control. The real issue is that all drivers need to take personal responsibility and drive the speed limit and really pay attention to how they are driving. But what will inspire us to do that? What is the real reason we don’t do it now? My guesses are that you know you won’t get caught, or you are just keeping up with traffic, or you can afford a ticket if you get it, or you think your car can handle the road better than others, or you really just don’t care and aren’t paying a bit of attention. Or who knows. Why is this acceptable to our society?

Why do we flagrantly disregard speed limits and break the law all the time?

This morning I drove into Aspen with a sheriff’s car about five cars ahead of me. The cars in front of it were going over the speed limit and so was the sheriff’s car, and, thus, all the cars behind it. When it came time to merge into one lane, no one, including the deputy, used a turn signal to indicate they were merging in. I continued to go the speed limit, but the sheriff just kept up with traffic and was long out of sight by the time I hit the golf course.

So I wonder if I’m just a stupid girl driving the speed limit and using turn signals when no one else, including the sheriff’s department, does. I don’t think so. I agree with Tony; it really is nice to drive down the road without someone tailgating or cutting in and out of traffic. It is so much easier to just follow the law and relax. With all the lights up and down the valley, it is rare to get ahead anyway by speeding. Enjoy the views, folks, and think about what it is you are doing in your vehicle.

Hilary L. Burgess

Woody Creek


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