Cavendish crack­down

Po­lice show zero tol­er­ance to­wards drink­ing of­fences dur­ing mu­sic fes­ti­val

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE - BY JIM DAY

Drink­ing of­fences proved costly to many con­cert-go­ers dur­ing the Cavendish Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val over the week­end.

The RCMP is­sued 88 tick­ets to peo­ple be­ing just a bit too public in their al­co­hol con­sump­tion.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Mark Crowther says po­lice showed zero tol­er­ance to­wards peo­ple who were bla­tant in their con­sump­tion or hes­i­tant to give up their al­co­hol to po­lice.

Each of the 88 Liquor Con­trol Act sum­mary of­fence tick­ets came with a fine of $200 plus a $75 vic­tim of crime sur­charge.

Po­lice also nabbed five im­paired driv­ers, while is­su­ing an ad­di­tional three road­side ve­hi­cle sus­pen­sions. Thirty-four peo­ple spent a night in jail.

More than 60 tick­ets were handed out for traf­fic of­fences in­clud­ing speed­ing, dis­tracted driv­ing, ag­gres­sive driv­ing and non-com­pli­ance of seat­belt use.

Of­fi­cers were out in full force for the four days of mu­sic in Cavendish, which be­gan with the Rod Stewart con­cert Thurs­day, fol­lowed by the an­nual coun­try mu­sic fes­ti­val that at­tracted more than 20,000 con­cert-go­ers.

“Ag­gres­sive traf­fic en­force­ment, lots of check­points, and a zero tol­er­ance ap­proach to open liquor and drink­ing in public made all the dif­fer­ence,’’ says Crowther.

All three RCMP dis­tricts with the as­sis­tance of Kens­ing­ton Po­lice Ser­vices helped po­lice the Cavendish area over the four days of con­certs.

“Ag­gres­sive traf­fic en­force­ment, lots of check­points, and a zero tol­er­ance ap­proach to open liquor and drink­ing in public made all the dif­fer­ence.” RCMP Staff Sgt. Mark Crowther

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