The Denver Post
There are bad drivers and good drivers, period
Re: “Colorado drivers are ... ,” June 14 letter to the editor
Mr. Krygowski hits the mark squarely as to the variety of bad driving that bounds. However, perhaps this is a good non-political example to clarify and demonstrate the logical flaw and damage of generalization, also known as prejudice. In this case, it doesn’t matter if the driver that swears, swerves, honks, speeds, texts, phones, ignores pedestrians, or creeps into the intersection is from Colorado, Texas, Boston, Mayberry, California, or the moon (well, that might be news worthy). The point is rather that they are bad drivers, period. It is useless to make these generalizations because they don’t mean anything. Our anger or at least frustration is justified, just on an individual basis, not any other general traits. By the way, same thing goes for mass shooters and other criminals. It doesn’t really matter to me the religion or ethnicity or race or gender or so called reason, if someone is pointing a weapon at me.
David Janik, Denver
●●● I want to add a different note to the discussion about how bad Colorado drivers are. I drive a long stretch of I-225 twice daily, early morning and mid afternoon. Although the occasional person cuts me off, or won’t let me in, most of the time I’m pleasantly surprised at how regularly people DO let me change lanes without speeding up, drop back a bit so I can get into another lane, etc. I’ve lived in the Denver area since the early 70s, and am saddened by how long it takes to get around due to the huge increase in traffic, but I don’t think Colorado (Denver metro, mostly) drivers are generally more rude than elsewhere. And Coloradoans rarely do more than tap their horn, so I can tell that anyone who leans on their horn is from someplace else.
Joy Urbach, Denver