Steamboat police preparing for another busy New Year’s Eve |

Steamboat police preparing for another busy New Year’s Eve

— The Steamboat Springs Police Department is upping its staffing for Wednesday night’s New Year’s Eve festivities.

“So everyone can have a safe and fun New Year’s Eve,” Capt. Jerry Stabile said. “We embrace it, and we just want everyone to be responsible.”

There will be six officers on patrol during the night. There also will be an officer dedicated strictly to DUI enforcement as part of Colorado’s The Heat Is On campaign.

Through Monday, officers will be working overtime shifts looking for people who are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Costs associated with the Heat Is On Campaign are reimbursed by the state.

Last year during New Year’s Eve, six people were arrested in Routt County for DUI.

Police are anticipating another busy night this year.

“It’s right up there with July 4,” Stabile said.

Routt County Undersheriff Ray Birch said their normal staffing levels are enough to handle calls in the county on New Year’s Eve.

Police also are ramping up staffing for a busy upcoming week.

MusicFest concerts begin Tuesday and go through Friday. The event is packed with Texas and Americana music and draws more than 5,000 people.

“They’re fairly well behaved,” Stabile said. “Very respectful of law enforcement.”

The MusicFest event pays to have uniformed officers present at the concerts. Stabile said two officers will be at the tent in the Knoll Parking Lot, The Steamboat Grand and the base area.

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