Town of Vail offers tips for safe New Year’s Eve |

Town of Vail offers tips for safe New Year’s Eve

VAIL — New Year’s Eve in Vail will include adjustments in bus service and the presence of police and fire personnel to ensure that a safe and fun atmosphere is provided for residents and guests.

For the second consecutive year, the town will be rescinding an overnight curfew and eliminating late-night checkpoints in Vail Village due to the long-term success of its public safety campaign. Police Chief Dwight Henninger said additional foot patrols in the pedestrian areas will be used to maintain a family-friendly environment during the holiday.

Adjustments in bus service, implemented in previous years, will be retained to reduce last-minute crowding and to allow for effective service for those returning home, according to Henninger. As a result, Vail Transit and ECO Regional Transit will temporarily suspend inbound and outbound bus service in Vail between 10 p.m. and midnight on New Year’s Eve. Free outbound service by both carriers will resume at midnight with the last ECO bus leaving the Vail Transportation Center at approximately 2 a.m. The late-night ECO Transit service will be offered for free. In addition, Vail will provide in-town shuttle service every 15 minutes between the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures from 10:30 p.m. to approximately 2:30 a.m. Regular in-town service will resume at 6:30 a.m. New Year’s Day.

The town of Vail first implemented its public safety measures during the 2001 Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve holidays to reduce crowding and underage drinking in Vail Village. Since then, the Town Council has adopted legislation giving the town the option to relax or reinstate the public safety measures when circumstances warrant.

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Patrols by the Gore Range DUI Task Force will also take place on New Year’s Eve as part of a national campaign, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” Those who plan to consume alcohol are encouraged to plan ahead and take the bus or arrange for a designated driver or an alternate ride home. For exceptional circumstances, vehicles may be left overnight in the parking structures, compliments of the town of Vail. Vehicles must be retrieved by 11 a.m. the next day by using an overnight parking authorization receipt, available from the manned parking booths or from the Vail Village or Lionshead welcome centers.

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