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News briefs: Multiple tires slashed along Illinois Gulch Road in Breckenridge

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Multiple tires slashed along Illinois Gulch Road in Breckenridge

On Friday, January 15, deputy sheriffs responded to multiple cases of criminal mischief that occurred at the various condo complexes along Illinois Gulch Road in Breckenridge. No fewer than fourteen vehicles were found to have cut tires. The crimes were committed at night.

“I can only image how many people have snow tires on their car at this time year and what that costs,” said Taneil Ilano, spokeswoman with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

At this time, no suspects have been identified. If anyone has any information regarding the person or persons responsible for these crimes, contact detective Rob Pearce of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 423-8925 or

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Traffic fatalities surged across Colorado in 2015

The Colorado Department of Transportation reported this week that traffic fatalities rose in 2015 by over 10 percent from 2014. In 2015, there were 545 traffic fatalities in Colorado, compared to 488 fatalities in 2014. Summit County recorded eight traffic deaths in 2015, the same number of fatalities recorded in 2014.

Unbelted drivers are over-represented in the fatality data and accounted for almost half of the fatalities in 2015. The data also indicates that motorcycle fatalities hit an all-time record high of 104 deaths.

The last time fatalities registered over 500 was in 2008 when 548 deaths were recorded. With 3.8 million licensed drivers in Colorado, there is a 1 in 7,000 chance a driver will be among the fatalities in 2016 if current trends continue, says CDOT. A majority of fatalities are due to risky behaviors, such as not using a seat belt, riding a motorcycle without a helmet, speeding, driving impaired or driving distracted.

The preliminary data from CDOT shows the following:

2015 fatalities: 545

Motorcycles: 104 (record high, up from 94 in 2014)

Highest counties: Jefferson (56), Weld (55), Denver (49), El Paso (44)

Alcohol related: 32 percent

2015 unrestrained fatalities:

• 49 percent of all passenger vehicle fatalities (363) were unrestrained (179)

• 15 percent of people in Colorado do not wear their seat belts. Those individuals account for almost half of our fatalities

2014 fatalities: 488

Change to 2015: +10 percent

The rise in fatalities for 2015 is part of a national trend. In November, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that the first six months of 2015 showed a troubling increase in the number of fatalities. The 2015 fatality estimate was up 8.1 percent from the same period last year.


State of the town meeting planned for Thursday

The Breckenridge Town Council invites citizens to the “State of the Town: 2015 — A Town Hall Gathering” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28. After a brief overview to reflect on this past year’s achievements, council members will host an interactive discussion about Breckenridge’s future.

The purpose of the event is for citizens to learn about the goals, accomplishments and projects. This year, in addition to the report, the council added this town hall-style gathering to answer questions and to address other issues or concerns from citizens. The report will be released at this meeting and will available at starting Jan. 29.

The event will be held in council chambers in Breckenridge Town Hall, 150 Ski Hill Road.

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