Steamboat to see increased transit, police on St. Patrick's Day

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— Steamboat Springs Transit and local law enforcement agencies are gearing up for St. Patrick’s Day on Wednesday with increased buses and patrols.

Steamboat Springs Transit Operations Manager Jonathan Flint said the city will add four buses to join the regular fleet of seven for the holiday. He said that similar to New Year’s Eve, the four extra buses will be used on the routes where they are needed most.

“We’re going to be running the same hours as our regularly scheduled service, but what we’ll do is we’ll put out some extra buses in the afternoon and evening,” he said. “We’re not going to designate a route for them, so they’ll be real flexible, depending on where the crowd is.”

Steamboat Springs Transit typically offers service at each stop every 20 minutes, but the extra buses will decrease the wait times at the most popular spots. The last bus departs most downtown and mountain areas between 1 and 1:50 a.m. For a full schedule, visit this story at www.steamboatpilot.com.

Colorado State Patrol troopers and Steamboat Springs Po­lice Department officers inc­reased their patrols for drun­ken drivers starting this past weekend under a Colorado Department of Transportation grant.

State Patrol Sgt. Scott Elliott said the regional troop will have saturation patrols in Moffat, Rio Blanco, Grand, Jackson and Routt counties through Thursday. People can call 384, 277 or 911 to report suspected intoxicated or aggressive drivers.

Steamboat Springs police also are increasing patrols throughout the holiday, Capt. Joel Rae said Monday. Through the “Heat is On” campaign, the Police Department will have extra officers on the road specifically working on drunken driving enforcement.

Rae declined to say how many additional officers will be on the road, but said it will be similar to other major holidays.

The Routt County Sheriff’s Office will similarly increase its patrols across the county, Sgt. Kurtis Luster said Monday, though it will not be through a state grant. Luster said the locations of the extra patrols will be decided Wednesday night.

Three people were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence during last year’s St. Patrick’s Day holiday in Routt County.

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