Letter to the editor: It’s time for ski resorts to start putting up cameras

Bradley Dakake
Highlands Ranch

Every winter, we read of irresponsible skiers or boarders who crash into an innocent person on the slopes, causing significant injuries to the victim, then escape down the mountain scot-free. 

The latest example published by The Summit Daily covered an experienced 65-year-old man who suffered two broken ribs and a fractured pelvis due to one such hit-and-run incident at Winter Park. Is it time to stop expecting things to change on their own and start implementing real solutions? Cameras — installed at intersections, public places, private businesses, in cars and trucks, and indeed on police officers themselves — have greatly aided holding parties to account and proving guilt (or innocence) where eyewitness accounts (or the lack thereof) fall short. Even before incidents happen, the mere presence of cameras discourages unlawful behavior. 

Perhaps it is time for state lawmakers to require ski resorts to install similar devices on ski lifts to provide the sort of unbiased record needed to protect us all. Will it cover 100% of the terrain and completely solve this problem? No, but it will be a significant step forward and should start being discussed now.

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