By Police Chief John Kiss, Alliance Police Department
To the Driving Public of Alliance:
Contrary to rumor, “Cruising the Butte” is not against the law. I suspect it fell out of fashion as gas prices increased and online gaming became popular.
The community as a whole is excited to see you out and about showing off the shine on your 2019 (or 1959) Buick; however, I’d like to provide guidance moving forward for your cruising pleasure.
First, if you are the driver, please keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel at 10 and 2. If you struggle with this rule, perhaps consider leaving your cell phone in the glove box, or the back seat, or in the trunk. If you really want to pretend like it’s 1978, we didn’t have cell phones anyway, so just leave them at home.
Second, seat belts should be worn at all times. We are glad you have a sunroof, but we’d rather not see passengers sticking their heads or arms out through the roof. This is not the 1980’s, this is not the movie “Big,” and you are not Tom Hanks.
Third, the best places to U-turn on Box Butte are at 1st Street and 11th Street. The No U-Turn Sign at 11th Street can be ignored after 4 PM (by code). Please don’t U-turn at the 4-way stop on 14th Street. People find 4-way stops confusing enough. Let’s not complicate things.
Fourth, if you choose to get out of your vehicle (which I do not condone) make sure your car is in park. I won’t mention any names here.
And finally, please obey all traffic signs and laws. No engine-revving, tire squealing, street-racing, speeding, drifting, etc. Our officers also want to practice social distancing by not having to respond to accidents or handle traffic violations.
Follow these rules so we can all have fun watching you re-live your youth (while you still can).
Happy and safe Cruising!