Plan ahead for New Year’s Eve transportation
SUMMIT COUNTY The holiday season is the prime time for DUI arrests in Colorado, but in Summit County there are plenty of ways to avoid getting behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking, especially on New Year’s Eve.In Breckenridge on the night of Dec. 31, people can park in any of the town’s public parking lots overnight and won’t be ticketed so long as they move their vehicles by 10 a.m. the next day, according to Police Chief Rick Holman.The town’s free bus system – the Breckenridge Free Ride – will run two hours later on New Year’s Eve and two extra buses will be running, said town spokeswoman Kim DiLallo.That night, the last bus will leave the Breckenridge Transit Center at 2 a.m. Between 11:30 p.m. and 2 a.m., the buses will not be running regular routes, and instead will take riders to any Free Ride bus stop. “It’s going to based on what people need,” DiLallo said.If you still find yourself in a bind, Breckenridge’s Patron Pass Program may be able to bail you out. The year-round program allows people who’ve been drinking and don’t feel like they should drive to ask bartenders or servers for a special parking pass. The free pass permits parking on any of Breckenridge’s streets, and you won’t be cited so long as the pass is clearly visible. Your vehicle must be moved by 11 a.m. the next day.The only potential problem with the program is if there’s a big storm, there’s a slight change your car could be towed, although that’s never happened in the program’s three-year existence.”We can’t guarantee it, however it’s highly unlikely that there would be a towing,” DiLallo said.The free Summit Stage service won’t be extending its hours on New Year’s Eve, although there will be a couple extra buses to handle the crowds where all the action is, which is usually Breckenridge, said Summit Stage director John Jones.In Frisco regular parking restrictions will apply on New Year’s Eve. As always, there are three areas in town where overnight parking is allowed: the lot on 4th and Granite streets, the lot behind Fiesta Jalisco on West Main and street parking on 7th Ave. north of Main Street.Regardless of where you’ll be to ring in the New Year, officials urge everyone to plan ahead by arranging for a designated driver or another safe way home.Susan Cox, prevention coordinator for the Summit Prevention Alliance, reminds people that most local establishments offer some sort of incentive to designated drivers, such as free beverages or appetizers.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-4629, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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