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D.A.R.E. vehicle changes hands

Routt County Sheriff's Office donates drug education car to Moffat County

Margaret Hair

— The Routt County Sheriff’s Office gave away one of the last remnants of its Drug Abuse and Resistance Education program on Thursday. The Sheriff’s Office donated its D.A.R.E. vehicle, a repossessed Chevy Blazer, to the still-running program in Moffat County.

“Everything about the vehicle has been donated. It’s never cost the taxpayers any money. I want to make that as clear as possible,” said Routt County Undersheriff David Bustos.

“We really can’t make a profit off of it, and Moffat County still has their program in effect.”

The Sheriff’s Office repossessed the 1994 Chevy Blazer in a drug raid. All of the decals – and the work to transform it into the D.A.R.E. vehicle – were donated.

Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall chose not to reinstate the D.A.R.E. program in June, and the car has not been in use since the program was discontinued.

“That was my main concern, that’s why I wanted to get rid of it. It was just sitting there, and other people can use it,” Bustos said.

Moffat County Undersheriff Charlene Abdella said the car will be used for D.A.R.E. visits to schools, and for public relations purposes such as parades – it will not be used for patrols.

Most of the D.A.R.E. program in Moffat County is handled through the Craig Police Department, Abdella said, with help from the sheriff’s office. The program, which Abdella said has been in place in Craig since it started in the 1980s, teaches children how to abstain from drugs.

“It helps teach kids of the dangers of drug abuse and to have positive self esteem,” Abdella said.

The title for the car already had been transferred to the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday morning. Until then, the Routt County Sheriff’s Office held the title to the Blazer.