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Daily file photoVail police will again impose a curfew and age restrictions on Vail Village on New Year's Eve to reduce the large crowds shown in this file from a past celebration.

New Year’s Eve in Vail will again include a curfew and age restrictions in Vail Village, plus an adjustment in bus service to reduce last-minute crowding.

A townwide curfew will be in place from 10:30 p.m., Wednesday to 5 a.m., Thursday for kids and teens 17-years-old and under, unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian over 21, or returning from work or an event.

From 10:30 p.m., Wednesday, to 5 a.m., Thursday, a special event district will be established in the heart of Vail’s pedestrian village. The district is for ages 21 and older, unless accompanied by an adult or guardian.

In the interest of public safety, and as a continuation of other measures the town has taken, Vail transit will temporarily suspend in-town and outlying bus service from 11 p.m. to midnight on New Year’s Eve.

ECO Regional Transportation also will suspend service to and from Vail during the same time. The changes are intended to encourage party-goers to arrive at their celebration destinations ahead of time to avoid what has traditionally been a last-minute rush. Return routes for ECO and Vail’s outbound service will resume at midnight with extra buses available to transport riders home.

The Town of Vail first implemented the curfew and special event district measures in 2001 during the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve holidays to reduce crowding and underage drinking in Vail Village. Since then, the measures have been repeated during the two major holidays and have

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become a familiar routine.

Vail Police Chief Dwight Henninger says the public safety policies have significantly reduced unruly crowd behavior, kept arrests to a minimum and prevented serious injury, while creating a safe and fun environment for Vail’s residents and guests.

Henninger also says with the overall improvement in the environment during the past few holidays, Vail will continue to reduce its police presence.

“Last year we used about 45 outside law enforcement officers, down from 100 in 2001,” Henninger says. “This year we’ll hire between 30 and 35 additional officers and we’ll rely on police volunteers to check IDs at the entrances to the Special Event District.”

For information on Vail’s public safety measures, contact the Vail Police Department at 479-2210.