Craig briefs: Seniors show support for tougher driving laws
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s latest report on aging Americans shows that senior drivers strongly support tougher driving laws, from bans on wireless devices to ignitions interlocks for first-time DUI offenders. The senior drivers also overwhelmingly support greater scrutiny in the license-renewal process for themselves and their peers. More than seven out of 10 drivers age 65 and older favor policies that require drivers age 75 and older to renew their license in person and also support requirements that seniors pass a medical screening to remain licensed.
Officials to crack down on DUI enforcement
The Colorado Department of Transportation is once again teaming with the Colorado State Patrol and nearly 100 law enforcement agencies across the state to encourage partygoers to celebrate responsibly, according to a news release. The enforcement period is Friday through Dec. 15. It’s all a part of CDOT’s ongoing The Heat Is On impaired driving prevention campaign.
Warning: Items in yards may entangle big game
Throughout Colorado, deer are entering the mating season and residents are reminded to put away equipment in which big game animals can become tangled. Residents are also asked to be careful how outdoor Christmas decorations are hung.
On Nov. 8, a large mule deer buck got stuck in the ropes of a batting cage at Durango High School. Fortunately, a passer-by saw the deer and alerted Colorado Parks and Wildlife. A wildlife officer sawed off the animal’s antlers to set it free.
“Every year big game animals get hung up in items such as volleyball nets, hammocks and Christmas ornaments,” Matt Thorpe, area wildlife manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife in Durango, said in a statement. “When that happens it’s very stressful for the animal, sometimes fatal, and it can be dangerous for people.”
Deer, especially bucks, are especially active at this time of year as they chase females and compete with other bucks. They are completely focused on “the rut” and are less wary of human-made structures and vehicles. CPW urges everyone to look for items that could cause problems, such as clotheslines, trampolines, low-hanging wires, swing sets, tomato cages, plastic fencing, chicken wire, bicycles, toys, etc. If you see an animal tangled in something, contact the local CPW office.
Local land managers have proposed allowing the public to rent out Sarvis Cabin on the banks of the Yampa River just below Stagecoach Reservoir.