Resort town to use high-tech monitoring to enforce parking regs
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — After watching local residents and workers trying to skirt downtown parking regulations, the Breckenridge Police Department will start using a a license plate recognition system to monitor and enforce time restricted parking.
“For years, we have watched employees play games with our parking enforcement officers; they shuffle their car a few feet or wipe the chalk off the tire in an effort to avoid detection,” said Chief Rick Holman.
“This is not about writing more tickets. Our goal has always been to gain compliance with our time restricted rules. Time-restricted parking spaces need to be available for our guests and should not be used for extended periods by business owners and employees,” he said.
The new system uses a lap top computer that captures and stores image of vehicles and their license plates. The system’s GPS feature loads the vehicle’s coordinates and the software time-stamps the image and alerts officers when a vehicle previously captured in the database has gone beyond its time-limit in a parking space on a given day.
“We are excited to bring this 21st century technology to the town. Our old method of chalking tires is a tedious and time-consuming task; this technology will allow us to cover more area in a fraction of the time,” Holman said.
The town offers close-in employee parking options. Annual employee parking permits can be purchased for $50 from the Breckenridge Police Department.
Time-restricted parking areas include portions of High, French, Adams, Washington, and Ridge Streets, the Ice House, Tonopah, Courthouse, and Exchange Lots, and on-street parking on Main Street.