Dillon Police are doing more than just slapping the wrists of kids sliding rails and stairs on public property. Riders who ignore warnings will lose their gear, catch jail time and fines if they continue to "disrespect" public property. In early December, police riled the local snowboard scene when they started swiping equipment from riders caught sliding down handrails and concrete barriers around town.
So far, eight riders and filmmakers have plead guilty and been fined for unlawful conduct on public property in Silverthorne municipal court. They did get their gear back.
Dillon Police Chief Joe Wray told the Vail Daily, "We have tried numerous things in the past to discourage [urban riding], but now the message is: If you get caught, we will now go for your pocketbook." Those caught riding rails are usually fined $100, plus $400 in advance should they break the same law again in the next 12 months.
Those filming the stunts were fined $150 plus $350 held in advance. Filmers were charged more because their actions are viewed as an attempt to profit from a criminal act, according to Wray. "We hate to be heavy-handed, but nothing else we have tried has worked," he said.
It now seems to be working.