Tom Cody: NASCAR drivers
Hey. I’d like to talk about the insane driving going on around Steamboat, Hayden, Craig, Oak Creek and Yampa. I would like to live five minutes from work, but I don’t. I commute like so, so many others around here.
I don’t mind that it’s part of living here. What I do mind is all the NASCAR wannabes who try to drive up my tailpipe on the way to work and back. The drivers’ text states 10 feet for every 10 mph — that’s 60 feet at 60 mph, not four feet, three feet or two feet. And certainly not pulling up to one foot or less before passing, which is a constant maneuver nowadays, especially for all the boys with their big trucks.
The other point is, if you are from out of town, this is deer, elk and antelope country. You tailgaters are leaving no room to maneuver if the person in front of you sees or tries to avoid one. You locals should know this, but tend to ignore the situation. How many times does it take to happen?
The guy or woman who almost kills you passing before the airport by Hayden, or in front of the power plant, or tries to push you through the cliffs or on the straightaway after the cliffs, or before Milner, or after Milner, or before Steamboat, is sitting at the 7-11, 12 cars ahead of you.
And reverse that for the ride home. Where are the police? Get every undercover car and officer up here for one week and stop this nonsense. Something should or has to be done to reclaim our highways from this race car mentality, and get things back to normal, which is why we all hunker down and do the drive to get to work to earn our money to enjoy our life up here, but at a distance and with some basic respect for the road.
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