Police enjoy quiet New Year's Eve


— The winter storm that came through Steamboat Springs Tuesday evening kept many people off the roads.

Fewer motorists meant light work for local police who patrolled New Year's Eve traffic.

Only four people were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and booked into the Routt County Jail between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.

The Steamboat Springs Police Department made all four DUI arrests.

People used common sense and took a cab home, relied on a designated driver or took advantage of public transportation, Assistant Police Chief Art Fiebing said.

"For the most part, people were behaving themselves," Fiebing said.

A few fights were reported, he said, but no one got hurt.

Sgt. Duane Bradley of the Colorado State Patrol said the roads were quiet New Year's Eve.

Only minor injuries accompanied some of the reported car accidents in and around Steamboat. No fatalities occurred.

Fiebing said people likely took a look at the weather and made the decision to find a safer way home.

"Maybe they felt it was too bad to drive," Fiebing said. "It was pretty dangerous."

Blaine Watson, a supervisor/dispatcher with the city's Transit Services, said the demand for public transportation kept city buses running a full schedule.

"We did have a lot of people," he said. "We were definitely busy."

Watson said it's too early to tell, but passenger numbers for New Year's Eve might have been record-breaking.

The city added extra buses to handle high rider loads, and service was extended a little after 2 a.m. to give a few more people a ride home, he said.

The heavy snow did not cause too many delays, he added.

New Year's Eve celebrants kept the phones at Alpine Taxi ringing.

Employees at the local taxi service said it was a good night for business. The snow hampered drivers only a bit.

Sgt. Troy McDaniel of the Routt County Sheriff's Office said deputies were out in full force, but their patrols were uneventful.

He said he thought the weather contributed to many people's choice to stay home and rely on another driver.

McDaniel was hopeful people were mindful of law enforcement's presence on New Year's Eve and acted accordingly.

"It was a pretty calm night," he said.

-- To reach Danie Harrelson call 871-4203 or e-mail



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