Big tourist weekend runs smoothly

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— The thousands of tourists who descended on Steamboat Springs during the Fourth of July weekend contributed to heavy traffic and hundreds of calls the Steamboat Springs Police Department, but everything ran smoothly.

"We've had the usual fireworks and noise complaints and a couple of temporarily misplaced children, but other than that, it's been a really good weekend," Det. Ross Kelly said.

The police department assigned extra patrol beginning Friday night and ending in the early morning hours Tuesday to control the heavy weekend traffic and watch for possible drunken drivers.

Police Capt. Joel Rae said there were several extra patrol units out during weekend specifically looking for drunken drivers as well as beefed up enforcement for regular traffic control.

Kelly said the extra patrol that has been out on the roads has been "going great" and that officers weren't responding to anything "too outrageous."

Kelly said the police department was able to keep up with the call volume it received over the last few days, although sometimes it took officers a little longer than normal to respond to non-emergency calls.

"The time it took to get to the non-emergency calls was a little high but it was nothing outrageous," he said.

Kelly also said that the driving under influence arrests were about on par for a busy Steamboat Fourth of July weekend. Between Friday evening and Monday afternoon, police arrested eight people on suspicion of drunken driving.

"This is a big weekend for Steamboat and there are just a ton of things to do and a ton of people out on the roads," he said.

Kelly was unsure what the situation would be like for Monday night because many people would be out looking at the fireworks.

"It might be a different story this evening because it is a three-day weekend and a lot of people will eventually be going home tonight," he said.

-- To contact Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234 or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com

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