Vail cracks down on speeders
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL – Vail Police and Colorado State Patrol joined forces Thursday morning to slow traffic and ensure the safety of pedestrians trying to cross the South Frontage Road in front of the Vail Municipal building.
Forty vehicles were stopped for exceeding the 25 mile per hour speed limit during a two-hour “awareness” period, the town said.
A second enforcement effort will take place today on the South Frontage Road across from the Ritz-Carlton construction site and the Vail Resorts maintenance yard, which is another active mid-block crossing. The increased enforcement is occurring following numerous complaints from pedestrians who have observed motorists failing to stop for them as they have tried to cross the street.
Colorado state law requires drivers to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing within a crosswalk. It also prohibits the overtaking or passing of any vehicle stopped at a crosswalk. Violating either of these laws could result in a $60 fine and three points against a driver’s license.
“We have tried several ideas to slow traffic, including parking a marked patrol car near the crosswalk and using an electronic speed sign, but nothing has worked,” said Vail Police Sgt. Samantha Graves. “Hopefully some highly visible enforcement will do the trick and make it safer for our citizens and guests to cross the street.”
The crosswalk near the Municipal Building has been relocated as part of the roadway improvements made by the Four Seasons development. The new location is halfway between two crosswalks that had been used previously and have since been eliminated. The town will be re-painting the crosswalk next week with a thermal plastic inlay that will last longer than regular reflective paint. There are also plans to add more of the bright yellow crosswalk signs.
In the meantime, the Vail Police Department is asking drivers to slow down and to extend a little courtesy to those sharing the road.
For more information, or to report a safety concern in another area, contact Graves at 970-479-2214.