Letter: Get behind the tire bill
I can’t believe Rep. Rankin can’t find a Senate sponsor for his tire bill. Come on, this is a no-brainer. Both Sen. Baumgartner and Sen. Donovan, with districts heavily dependent on winter recreation and the most heavily impacted, should step up and support this.
For those legislators who think there is a constitutional right to drive, grow up. There is no such right. There is no “right” to practice medicine without a license. The state has the responsibility to protect the health and safety of its citizens, and that includes making sure that people in a position that might impair that health and safety be properly trained or outfitted. Do I have the right to just go out and drive a school bus full of children without some sort of screening? No!
I do wish Rep. Rankin had used a different analogy than kids in Subarus though. I spent four hours last winter crawling from Silverthorne to the tunnel (part of a 10-hour adventure from Glenwood to Denver, never once getting off I-70) in a Subaru Forester with four well-treaded and studded snow tires. I could have gotten through anything, but that doesn’t matter when the idiot in front of you is exercising his “right” to be stupid. When I got to the top there was a hot little Mustang convertible, gunning his wheels with all his might, and only sliding sideways across all three lanes. People were squirting past when they felt it was safe. CDOT should have just gotten a chained up front-end loader and unceremoniously dumped the Mustang in the ditch.
Rep. Rankin’s bill should be getting unanimous support. He’s certainly got mine.
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