In the article "Two lost Boulder hikers rescued" in The Denver Post, two Boulder hikers wandered off the trail that they were following. They could not find their way back to the trail because snow was covering it and they had to call 9-1-1 to be rescued by the Boulder Fire Department.
Unfortunately, this is becoming too common here in Colorado. People are having to be rescued from hiking, skiing, snowmobiling, etc. Most of these people are either unprepared for where they are going or are in areas that are off limits. It costs a lot of money to get together a rescue party no matter how big or small it is. Many counties are considering making these people pay for all or some of the rescue fees.
This matters to the people who live in Colorado because they are the ones that end up paying for the rescues. Maybe if people know they have to pay, they will think twice before they act. This matters to me because me and my Dad go on runs in the foothills and sometimes we see the idiots or see traces of stuff off trail that show that some people are not being responsible. Me and my Dad are never irresponsible.