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If you're young enough to have lived through this country's War on Drugs while attending grade school, you no doubt remember annual visits from your local police department to intimidate convince you not to do drugs. In order not to frighten children by showing up in a Crown Vic with a dash-mounted shotgun, most officers arrived in a D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) car, usually a vehicle acquired through a drug bust or paid for with confiscated drug money, or so they told my class. A lot of D.A.R.E. vehicles were late model pony cars like the Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang, presumably because drug dealers were way into Detroit iron and the flashier the car, the easier it was to keep the attention of kids hopped up on sugar and caffeine.

ModdedMustangs brought us back to those innocent times with an article on the BUSTang, a custom 2006 Ford Mustang used by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office in Florida. The vehicle was purchased in December of 2005 and students in Franklin County's 5th grade D.A.R.E. program were enlisted to plan its mod list. Though an in-dash ice-cream dispenser and roof-mounted skateboard rack were nixed, the BUSTang did get a 2,000-watt stereo with eight speakers, 200 LED lights, a DVD system with two monitors, an aftermarket rear wing, new hood, wheels, and, of course, the requisite light bar. Many sponsors helped make the project happen including Steeda, though it likely wouldn't have been possible without the generous contribution of incarcerated drug offenders in the form of seized drug money. How good is the BUSTang in the hallmark of D.A.R.E. cars? It took first place out of 60 cars at this year's national D.A.R.E. conference.

[Source: ModdedMustangs]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      This is Autoblog.com. Posts #12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, and 20 don't address the subject of the original entry. It's about a car! Mr. Neff talks about the DARE car contest, and that this Mustang was the winner. It's supposed to be humorous. HOLY COW, relax and enjoy the entertainment value. If you don't, why should the rest of us have to suffer through your pontifications on what's wrong with America?
      Run for office in your community or state if you feel you really have a valuable viewpoint, and let us enjoy reading and talking about cars here.
      • 9 Years Ago
      looks like a drift car :)
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'm with #4. Waste. Of. Money.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Can I have my tax dollars back? Please?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Sounds like a big waste of tax payer dollars to me.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Can't wait until we stop wasting money on absurd stuff like this.

      "the BUSTang did get a 2,000-watt stereo with eight speakers, 200 LED lights, a DVD system with two monitors"

      This is just dumb.

      End the war on drugs.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Really hot car !
      My next profession will be police driver

      • 9 Years Ago
      Our DARE car was a PT Cruiser. Or at least it was. They were one of the first people to have one too. Good paintjob...black and red. Except for the red white and blue flames...
      • 9 Years Ago
      Yeah, thats a little nicer than the D.A.R.E. Cherokee and S-10 Blazer I remember when I was growing up. They weren't even 4 wheel drive.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "BUSTang"? Come on.
      Although, I guess I shouldn't expect cops to come up with anything more intelligent.
      • 9 Years Ago
      oops I meant #13
      • 9 Years Ago
      #4 and #7...I agree with you. Give me my money back.

      DARE is such a waste of time. I remember the lectures the officers would give us. They would literraly explain how to buy drugs and how to light up a bong...it was sad!

      And I love how studies show that DARE doesnt actually work. That makes me chuckle.

      #14...while I dont exactly look at the whole situation like that, I do have to agree. Its funny watching the news or reading the paper and how many shootings there are a day because of drugs. The local police departments always talk about how they are cracking down on crap like this. Yet, a friend of mine lived two houses down from a crack house almost all her life and the police never showed up once in those 20 years...

      You know what, I think the government should have a War On Education. If a War On Drugs makes drugs so popular, maybe a War On Education will make kids go to school more often and actually learn something. Its a good idea!!!!
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