July 16, 2005
As many drivers with middle fingers will attest, it’s not just 15-year-olds who need education on the rules of the road. Even experienced drivers could benefit from a few reminders of traffic laws. That’s what the AARP is offering this week in two fourhour classes for drivers 50 and older. The classes are sponsored by the Colorado Springs Police Department and cost $10. “It is a higher-risk population,” said Carole Walker of the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association. “Some of that comes because physically the injuries tend to be more severe because they’re more frail at that age.” Taking the class saves money, too — about 5 percent off the liability insurance policy for most drivers, Walker said. Officials at State Farm and Farmers insurance confirmed that. Anyone who wants to attend the classes must register by calling 444-7250. The classes will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Wednesday and Thursday in the Falcon Division police station, 7850 Goddard St. AS THE DRIVERS TURN “When is it permissible to make a left turn against a red light?” reader Phil Russell asked this week. “My recollection is that can only be done from a one-way street onto another one-way street, not from a two-way street onto a one-way street.” Lt. Steve Tobias of the Colorado Springs Police Department pointed Street Smart to the city ordinance governing the subject, which says Russell’s recollection is correct. Turning left against a red light is allowed “only if the vehicle first comes to a stop, is on a one-way street and is turning onto a one-way street where traffic is proceeding to the vehicle’s left.” Of course, you also have to obey traffic signs and yield to pedestrians and other traffic. TRAVEL TRIVIA El Paso County drivers love their pickups. County residents bought 10,857 vehicles during the first six months of this year, including 2,076 pickups, according to numbers compiled by the Clerk and Recorder’s Office. The numbers include sales of new and used vehicles. Ford pickups were the most popular, at 697 sales. Ford was the most popular brand, too, with 1,725 sales of all models. Perhaps that’s no surprise, given that a new Ford Focus starts at $14,010. The least popular make was Porsche, at 15 sales so far this year. The least expensive Porsche model is the Cayenne, starting at $42,200. WEB SITE OF THE WEEK www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov — A good place to look before buying a car. Check recalled equipment and safety concerns on any car, child safety seat and tire, and review complaints other people have filed. Several people, for example, said air bags did not deploy after crashes in their Toyota Tacoma pickups. The site is maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Have a question or comment about getting around the Pikes Peak region? Send it to Perry Swanson, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 476-4878.