The Colorado Legislature is currently considering some changes to the skier safety act that would up fines from $300 to $1000 for cutting ropes and other violations, based on the urging of Summit County Sheriff John Minor. It's Colorado House Bill 1250, for anyone interested. I'm sitting at my desk at the Summit Daily News, discussing this with another reporter who is writing the story. I am wondering whether simply increasing the fines is an effective way to deal with this issue. Will it make any noticeable difference in reducing violations? Will it make Colorado slopes safer? Any input, especially on-the- record comments by knowledgeable folks, would be appreciated. I hope it's not considered a breach of forum etiquette to solicit material for a news story this way. If so, please let me know and delete this post. Just from following some of the recent skier safety discussions here, it seems there are some people with some interesting and meaningful perspectives on this topic.
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2/14/06 at 12:27pm