Police show zero tolerance towards drinking offences during music festival
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