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I enjoyed the article on the Rio Grande Ski Train [Nov/Dec, page 30]. My husband and I took a wonderful trip on the train last year to Winter Park. I would like to note that the Ski Train enters the foothills through Coal Creek Canyon, not Boulder Canyon.
-Katie L., Westminster
Editor's Note: The train route includes Coal Creek Canyon and South Boulder Canyon. Boulder Canyon, a different location, was incorrect.
Some truck accidents are caused by cars with drivers who expect a tractor-trailer to stop quickly when it is cut off. Give the truckers a much deserved thank-you-they put in long hours supplying our country with commodities and they put up with inconsiderate drivers too. I'm proud my husband is a truck driver.
People should be concerned with trucks crossing the border. If you want legislation to control truckers, get busy and call your representatives to stop border crossings by drivers who are not experienced and equipment that is unsafe.
-Barbara B., via email
I have been a professional truck driver for over 30 years and have been involved in one accident. That accident could have been avoided if the car had not stopped in the intersection at a green light! Trucks do not stop on a dime.
I have seen many other close calls. When we leave loads of stopping room on busy streets, you can just bet that several cars will take up that safe space. If I could have just one wish, it would be that all the impatient drivers would slow down. The life you save may be your own.
-"Patient Truck Driver," via email
I feel compelled to let readers know of a vehicle infraction that I was unaware of. When living in Jefferson County, I was stopped by a sheriff who gave me a citation for having a clear plastic cover over my license plates. They are commonly sold at most automotive stores. The citation was $104 and three points!
-Jim B., Ridgway
Editor's Note: Colorado state law names this as a Class A traffic infraction. The relevant section is 42-3-202, "A person shall not operate a motor vehicle with an affixed device or a substance that causes all or a portion of a license plate to be unreadable by a system used to automatically identify a motor vehicle. Such a device includes, without limitation: a cover that distorts angular visibility; alters the color of the plate; or is smoked, tinted, scratched or dirty so as to impair the legibility of the license plate."
Whenever I see a vehicle on the side of the road, I make an effort to move into the other lane or move over far enough to make it safe. Why do we need to have laws to this effect when it is plain common sense? I guess common sense is no longer found in the human race.
-Amelia W., via email