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Holidays slow for local law enforcement officers

Melinda Dudley

Steamboat Springs — While December is typically a busy month for local law enforcement, crime in Steamboat Springs took a break during the Christmas holiday. — While December is typically a busy month for local law enforcement, crime in Steamboat Springs took a break during the Christmas holiday.

— While December is typically a busy month for local law enforcement, crime in Steamboat Springs took a break during the Christmas holiday.

There have been no arrests since Saturday and scarce injury-causing motor vehicle accidents, Steamboat Springs Police Capt. Joel Rae said Wednesday.

“December has a trend of being one of our busier months,” Rae said. “Obviously a lot of holiday travelers come into Steamboat, but most of them are families and well behaved.”

The holiday weekend was “pretty mellow” for the officers on duty, who just had the typical calls for service from local residents, Rae said.

As of mid-day Wednesday, no one had been booked into Routt County Jail since Saturday, either on suspicion of new charges or to serve a predetermined sentence.

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During the Christmas holiday in 2006, no arrests were made on Christmas Day or the following day. Two people were booked into Routt County Jail on Christmas Eve 2006, one for driving under the influence and the other on domestic violence charges.

“It makes for a happy holiday for everyone, especially local law enforcement,” Rae said.

“It’s always better to have people being merry instead of criminals.”

But the holidays aren’t over yet, and law enforcement statewide will soon be stepping up patrols to combat driving under the influence of alcohol. The Colorado Department of Transportation’s “Heat Is On!” DUI enforcement period begins at 6 p.m. Friday and ends at 3 a.m. Jan. 2. Five people were booked into Routt County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence and related charges during the same period last year.

In addition to Colorado State Patrol’s normal enforcement activities, additional troopers will be out in force over the weekend and through New Year’s Day, although no sobriety checkpoints are expected in Routt County, Sgt. Scott Elliott said.

Rae urged locals not to drink and drive during the New Year’s holiday, warning that Steamboat police will be out in force as well.

“Use a designated driver, call Alpine Taxi, take advantage of the city’s free bus,” he said.

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