Answerland – Overnight parking
Q: Does the town of Vail still offer free overnight parking if you have had too much to drink the night before? I was thinking that last year you had until 9 a.m. to leave for free and 11 a.m. if you got a coupon from a police officer.
However, this weekend I had a friend who was charged $15 and told they had to be out by 3 a.m. or have a coupon from a police officer. Has this changed this year?
A: Yes. The town of Vail has changed its overnight parking program for people who have had too much to drink, said Mike Rose, transportation manager for Vail Transit.
This year, you have to get a coupon from a town of Vail police officer if you’re feeling too tipsy to drive. That coupon lets you stay at the garage for free until 11 a.m. Otherwise, pay parking resumes at 3 a.m. Free parking starts at 3 p.m. each day.
Last year, drivers could leave for free by 9 a.m. if they told the booth attendant they had been drinking the night before. They could also get a coupon from a police officer to leave by 11 a.m. The two policies are streamlined into one this year. Booth attendants shouldn’t be making decision on whether people are sober enough to drive, Rose said.
“Officers are trained to be able to judge how drunk people are, booth attendants are not,” he said.
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