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BRECKENRIDGE Ã¢ÂÂ Local police officers could be more noticeable on the lower slopes and terrain parks at Breckenridge Ski Resort this winter to enforce the Colorado Ski Safety Act.
Ã¢ÂÂIn the past maybe it wasnÃ¢ÂÂt considered as much of a priority, but there has been some trend over the last couple years where weÃ¢ÂÂve seen more aggressive behavior,Ã¢ÂÂ Breckenridge police chief Rick Holman said on Wednesday.
Ã¢ÂÂOur judge may be a little more attuned to the way we like the law applied. Not to criticize the county, but we like the way things are handled (at the municipal level) a little bit better,Ã¢ÂÂ he said. Ã¢ÂÂI donÃ¢ÂÂt expect a lot to be filed.Ã¢ÂÂ
Town council on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to an ordinance for people accused of Ski Safety Act violations to be dealt with in town court. Previously, town police officers have cited people under the state law, which goes through Summit County Court.
The actÃ¢ÂÂs criminal violations include skiing on a closed trail or out of bounds, skiing while impaired by drugs or alcohol and failing to give oneÃ¢ÂÂs name and address to a ski area employee when involved in a collision with another skier or boarder.
Though the town was recently in the national spotlight for decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana, Holman said he doesnÃ¢ÂÂt expect more people to be skiing stoned.
Regarding discussions with the ski area, there have been Ã¢ÂÂno conversations about expecting more people to ski under the influence,Ã¢ÂÂ he said.
The town has undergone a series of budget and staffing reductions this year and Holman said thereÃ¢ÂÂs not yet a concrete plan for how enforcement might be changed for this winter.
Ã¢ÂÂI donÃ¢ÂÂt know that weÃ¢ÂÂll have a much more visible presence,Ã¢ÂÂ Holman said at TuesdayÃ¢ÂÂs town council work session, adding that his department will be Ã¢ÂÂtrying to seek out opportunitiesÃ¢ÂÂ to help curb aggressive behavior.
While Summit County SheriffÃ¢ÂÂs Office covers any ski areas within the county, the town police departmentÃ¢ÂÂs jurisdiction goes about 150 yards up Breckenridge Ski Resorts lowest trails. It also includes the terrain park on Peak 8 as well as the gondola and other areas.
Ã¢ÂÂIf you can slow some of those people down that almost take out my kids, IÃ¢ÂÂll be real happy,Ã¢ÂÂ town councilwoman Jen McAtamney said to Holman at the work session.
With regard to increasing visibility, Holman said Wednesday thereÃ¢ÂÂs a modified uniform police officers can wear on the lifts and while skiing.
Ã¢ÂÂWe did it a few times last spring,Ã¢ÂÂ he said, adding that he hopes such enforcement can be used during some peak times.
Town attorney Tim Berry said at TuesdayÃ¢ÂÂs work session that Ski Safety Act violations can be dealt with more quickly in town court than county court