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Breckenridge aims at parking scofflaws

Resort town to use high-tech monitoring to enforce parking regs

The Breckenridge Police Department will use a new computer system to monitor parking on busy shopping streets.

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.

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5 Responses

  1. hmmmm….. Back on a cold rainy wet saturday in october I parked my car to do alittle work on main street. Didn’t think much of it. Came back at the end of the day and found a parking ticket. That really cut into my profit margin for the day. I think chief holman is just anit-business. (I need my car nearby to access tools and materials) So recently I made my own parking permit and put it on the dashboard. It’s been working ok so far.

  2. There are two sides to every coin, as the saying goes. But me thinks that the good chief has come up with a “hard to beat” option. Of course, there are those intrepid souls who thrive upon the challenge, so, will success for the chief be trumped by . . . . . . . . ? Tune in on the continuing saga of “parking scofflaws vs the chief”.

  3. So, I wonder what the numbers say — how many central Breck business owners and employees are chasing after how many non-time-restricted parking spaces? Even if we subtract the number of employees who could reasonably be expected to ride the bus (or walk) to work on a regular basis, are there enough places for owners and employees to park? Not a rhetorical question — just wondering if this is a game the businesses and their staff are bound to lose because the numbers don’t work.

  4. That’s not all this technology can do, it is also used to check for stolen autos and people wanted by the police local and nationwide. It will also save payroll by saving allot of time!

  5. There are several free all day lots just a couple blocks from the Business district. I park at old CMC and the French St lot regularly. How hard is it to walk just a little? It never ceases to amaze me what lengths people will go to just to not have to walk a little.

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