Avon tightens bus security after attack | VailDaily.com

Avon tightens bus security after attack

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Vail, CO Colorado

AVON, Colorado ” An attack on a bus driver, as well as verbal abuse and drunkeness, has led Avon to place undercover officers on some bus routes.

In other steps to increase security on its bus system, which includes Beaver Creek resort buses, Avon police officers and Eagle County sheriff’s deputies will check on

drivers at various stops in case unruly passengers have to be removed.

All of the town’s new buses have security cameras. Cameras also will be installed on its older buses.

“We have joined ECO in taking a zero-tolerance policy with respect to unsafe behavior, including open containers of alcohol, disorderly conduct, verbal abuse, or displays of physical aggression,” said Jenny Strehler, Avon’s director of Public Works and Transportation. “Passengers violating these basic requirements and hindering public transportation will not be allowed to board or will be told they must disembark.”

The most violent incident was Feb. 26 when an angry passenger attacked the driver of a Beaver Creek bus while the bus was travelling down U.S. Highway 6.

The passenger slammed the driver’s head into the window, breaking the glass, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office said.

The passenger ran off the bus and has not been found.

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