Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that, for once, is going to say something nice about elected lawmakers.Some might hate to admit it, but maybe we in Summit Up Land, and possibly all of Colorado, could learn a little something from Arizona.
Believe it or not, the Sun Devil state has a “stupid motorist law.” We don’t even have to explain what that is and we know some of you are looking up from this page and shouting to the others in the room, “I’ve been saying that for years!”Although the law was enacted in 1995, it’s just being used for the first time now. The law basically says the state can charge you and sue you to recoup rescue costs when you do something stupid with your car. In this particular case, a real tough hombre in a Hummer decided to go against the advice of police and the barricades they set up and drove into a flooded creek – where he and the six people in the Hummer promptly got stuck.We don’t think we need to come up with too many examples of why Colorado needs this. In fact, we would push to broaden the law outside of motor vehicles, to just about anything anybody does that’s stupid. Going hiking without proper attire, water or letting someone know where you’re going? We bet search and rescue would call that pretty stupid. Driving through Tenmile Canyon and Officer’s Gulch at 80 mph in a snowstorm. State patrol probably wouldn’t call that very smart.
We encourage our local and state lawmakers to start looking into this, especially given the poor finances we keep hearing about (and you know all those guys at the Capitol read this, because we’re so nice to them).***We wrote on Tuesday how we were already hankering for some fairs to go to, even though it’s only February. Mary in Arizona offered a few suggestions.
They include Western Daze this weekend in Arizona City, Renaissance Festival in Apache Junction, Lost Dutchman Days in Mesa, the rodeo in Tucson, Ostrich Festival in Chandler, Cotton Days in Coolidge, Arizona State Chili Championship in Casa Grande, 47th Annual Cactus Antique Airplane Fly-in and the Rob Harris Sky-Surfing Boogie at Sky-Dive Arizona in Eloy.Those all sound like fun, but they’d be even better if they would pool their resources and combine themes. Like maybe a Renaissance/antique plane show – who doesn’t love Shakespeare in the back seat of a Sopwith Camel? Or maybe an ostrich sky-diving championship? Even better: an ostrich chili cook-off. Mmmmm spicy flightless birds.***You better believe it’s Thursday. Today’s password is “ignorance is illegal.” Tell us what else should be at email@example.com, fax at (970) 668-0755 or tell us what shouldn’t be banned on the voicemail at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237.
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